The 3 Best Health Benefits of Ashwagandha!
What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is a plant! More specifically, a small evergreen shrub and it grows in India, Africa and parts of the Middle East. It is the root and berries of this incredible shrub that are edible and used medicinally. They contain chemicals that have been shown to calm the brain, reduce inflammation and strengthen the immune system! Predominately, this ancient medicinal herb is used as an adaptogen (a natural product that is used to support the body in adapting to certain stressors and normalize different body processes).
How is it consumed?
Ashwagandha is usually consumed as a fine powder that can be mixed with ghee (clarified butter), honey and water. Alternatively, the powder is placed in a capsule and taken in pill form. Studies have shown that consuming 240 mg of the dose form of Ashwagandha daily over 60 days significantly improves symptoms of stress among other things. When using as a medicinal herb it is best to consume in pill form.
3 Best Health Benefits of Ashwagandha
Now that you know what it is and how it should be consumed here are the 3 most important health benefits of Ashwagandha:
Ashwagandha relieves Stress:Stress is something that all of us deal with on a daily basis – how much we deal with depends on our individual situations. It is not a matter of figuring out how to live a life without stress, but how to properly manage stress. Stress has been proven to be the underlying issue in many deaths related to poor lifestyle choice. Essentially you could be eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, but if the stress is not being managed properly it will cause cardiovascular upset, decreased immunity and high cholesterol among other issues.
Taking Ashwagandha daily has been proven to support negative stress by lowering the cortisol levels (the stress hormone) in the body. Taken regularly this adaptogenic medicinal root has helped many live a more stress-managed life!
Ashwagandha lowers Thyroid Stimulating Hormone:The thyroid plays a major role in metabolism and regulating many body functions by releasing hormones into the blood stream. Issues with the thyroid and how it releases hormones are quite common in today's world. People either experience and underactive or overactive thyroid.
- Those with underactive thyroid have high blood levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).
- Those with underactive thyroid can also have low levels of thyroid hormone.
Taking ashwagandha has been shown to lower TSH and increase thyroid hormone levels in individuals with mild underactive thyroid.
Ashwagandha and Weight Loss:there are many healthy aspects that taking ashwagandha provides to the body that leads to weight loss! For instance: this medicinal herb aids in supporting the immune system and therefore provides the body with more energy to put towards weight loss. Alternatively, Ashwagandha is packed with antioxidants that are essential for weight loss. In terms of exercising, ashwagandha increases the energy levels in the body (increasing endurance during exercise) and aids in building muscles mass. The more muscle the body has the more efficient metabolism is, which again, is essential for weight loss.
Why take Ashwagandha?
This incredible medicinal root has a long history dating back to ancient nutrition! Stress plays such a large roll in our current lifestyles. The foundation of ultimate health is often compromised because we are unable to maintain the stress we are subjected to each and every day. Taking Ashwagandha (in pill form or powdered) provides you with the support needed to manage the stress going on inside the body. This then gives you the opportunity to use the added energy to pursue whatever you want in life! It is such an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Taking Ashwagandha in supplement form is proven to work more quickly but just remember the effects begin to become quite noticeable after the first 60 days!
Kelly Carter is a certified and registered nutritional consultant. Nutrition and wellness are not only her passion, but they embody her whole lifestyle. One of her favourite aspects about being a nutritionist is educating other on how amazing the food from this earth is for your body.
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