Ashwagandha or the ‘Indian Ginseng’ is a herb that grows in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and parts of North Africa. Loosely translated to the ‘smell and strength of horse, the herb’s name alludes to its rejuvenating properties. In its 4000 years of use in Ayurvedic practices, Ashwagandha has been utilized for stress management, energy elevation and improving cognitive health and to lower inflammation, blood sugar levels, cortisol, anxiety, and depression. The herb acts as a tonic, which means it has invigorating and strengthening properties. Ashwandha further acts as an adaptogen. Meaning it helps the body manage stress. Below are a few proven health benefits of Ashwagandha.
Longevity and Rejuvenation
Ashwangandha rejuvenates and tonifies the entire system. Especially the endocrine and immune system. It helps restore balance in the body by inducing calmness and increasing your stamina.
Best known for its ability to manage stress, Ashwandha has no side effects unlike certain pharmaceutical drugs. Studies conducted have shown that ashwagandha blocks stress pathways in the brains of rats by regulating chemical signaling in their nervous system. Multiple controlled human studies have exhibited that it reduced stress and anxiety disorders.
A study conducted in Japan showed that Ashwangandha regenerates nerve cells and dendrite growth throughout the brain and body. This property makes it a great proponent for the treatment of parkinson's disease and alzeimers. By improving the communication between nerve cells, Ashwagandha stimulates the body into healing damages in the nervous system.
Alleviates insomnia and memory loss
The herb extracts have shown remarkable results to induce restful sleep without any of the side effects associated with the drugs prescribed for the same. Ashwagandha can elevate the levels of acetylcholine levels in the brain, which is linked to memory, intelligence and brain function.