What is Ashwagandha?

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Last Reviewed 03/18/2014

What is Ashwagandha?

Before we get into the benefits of ashwagandha, let’s discuss what an adapotgen herb is. An adaptogen is classified as a plant that has a powerful balancing effect on the body. It’s a nontoxic plant without side effects that treats a wide-ranging list of stress-related illnesses and complaints. Adaptogens are amazing substances. In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha and other adaptogens are known as rejuvenating herbs.

Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng because of their similar properties, contains many useful medicinal chemicals, including antioxidants, steroidal lactones, saponins, withanolides alkaloids, choline, fatty acids, amino acids, and a variety of sugars. Due to these properties, ashwagandha is extremely effective in enhancing the body’s ability to handling stress and illness.

Here’s a list of the many medical uses for ashwagandha:

  • combats the effects of stress
  • improves learning, memory, and reaction time
  • reduces anxiety and depression without causing drowsiness
  • stabilizes blood sugar
  • lowers cholesterol
  • reduces brain-cell degeneration
  • contains anti-malarial properties
  • offers anti-inflammatory benefits

Ashwagandha has even been found to reduce the growth of cancer cells.

Ashwagandha should also be used by anyone who is having adrenal or hormonal problems.

Dosage

1 to 6 grams of ashwagandha would be advised for daily consumption.

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