Looking for something to reduce anxiety and improve immunity during this stressful time?
Ashwagandha is an incredibly powerful little herb that has worked wonders for thousands of years reducing stress and anxiety. You might well have heard about the stress-relieving benefits of Ashwagandha but the holistic benefits of Ashwagandha are less talked about. In this article, we show you how Ashwagandha increases immunity and improves overall health- two things that are much sought after this year.
Despite the rumours and all the people asking
“Can Ashwagandha make you fail a drug test?!”
No, Ashwagandha does not make you high… not in any real sense of the word. It’s an ayurvedic herbal medicine that improves sleep quality and also known as “Indian Gensing” for its extensive health benefits.
1. Reduces stress hormone – cortisol
The answer to why Ashwagandha reduces stress is quite simple. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, meaning that it literally helps the body “adapt” to stress. It won’t magically take all of your stress away and you should still tackle the root of the stress as much as possible. However, part of how Ashwagandha makes stress easier to manage is by managing levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body.
Cortisol is a necessary hormone but also plays a huge role in many physical symptoms associated with stress like irritability and headaches. Taking a 300mg daily dose of Ashwagandha for 1–3 months lowers cortisol levels by 11–32%, therefore, improving symptoms of stress. By reducing stress Ashwagandha (a.k.a. “Moon Milk”) can help with sleep too and is often recommended to patients with insomnia.
2. Anti-inflammatory property improves general mood
Not only has Ashwagandha been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety but it’s also been shown to soothe the hypothalamus and improve overall mood. It is rich in Iron and improves blood circulation and mental health. It is, however, a powerful mood booster and one of nature’s best antidotes to stress.
How else does Ashwagandha improve your mood? You ask. Well, in part, this is due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown how Ashwagandha reduces inflammation in the body. Before you skip this point thinking “inflammation doesn’t really affect me”, you might be surprised to learn the full effect that reducing inflammation can have on your stress levels and overall health. Inflammation causes a vicious cycle of stress in the body which leads to a number of diseases. Stress causes inflammation just as inflammation causes stress. Ashwagandha helps prevent this cycle.
By reducing inflammation, greatly lowers your risk of a number of inflammation-related illnesses.
3. Improves reproductive health
While many Ayurvedic medicines have Ashwagandha in them, a little known fact is that Ashwagandha boosts fertility.
In men, Ashwagandha helps increase testosterone levels. Ashwagandha is also helpful in increasing body strength and energy levels naturally. In women, it helps in the thyroid which is responsible for reproductive hormones.
4. Helps lower blood sugar levels
High blood sugar widely affects the immune system, mental health and causes disease. There are a good number of studies that show how Ashwagandha works to lower your blood sugar naturally which is one of many reasons to take Ashwagandha.
5. Boosts the immune system
If you’re still wondering why you should take Ashwagandha, or why it’s such a valuable herb to supplement during this time, its effects on the immune system might help persuade you. The reason why Ashwagandha is used, especially in recent months, comes down to its powerful immune-boosting properties. Ashwagandha encourages the production of natural killer cells that fight infection in the body and thus builds body immunity.
So, who can take Ashwagandha and is it safe to consume?
Pretty much everyone can take Ashwagandha daily and reap the benefits! You should only avoid taking Ashwagandha when you are pregnant/breastfeeding. If you have an autoimmune disease you should consult a healthcare provider before taking Ashwagandha.
How to consume?
The best and most effective way to take Ashwagandha is via a capsule. This is also good news because, if you’re wondering what Ashwagandha tastes like the answer is…not great. With a capsule, you can take Ashwagandha in the morning or night and enjoy the benefits!