Ashwagandha, also known as Withania somnifera, is a small plant with yellow flowers that is native to India and North-East Africa. It is generally considered an adaptogen and believed to help your body manage stress better. The plant and especially its root has been used for more than 3,000 years in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Modern science also links it to health benefits, such as reduced stress and anxiety and improved blood sugar levels, mood and memory.
Extracts of ashwagandha root contains alkaloids and lactones. The alkaloids have sedative analgesic, hypotensive function, while the lactones have an anti-inflammatory effect and may inhibit the growth of cancer cells. The lactones may also be given for chronic inflammation, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, to reduce leucorrhea, improve sexual function. In the traditional Ayurvedic herbal therapy, it is mainly used to nourish the body after overwork or mental fatigue. It has commonly been used for the beneficial effects on chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Ashwagandha may have a beneficial effect on various health issues, such as inflammation, arthritis, stress, and anxiety.
- Ashwagandha may improves the white blood cell count in the body in a way that it increases the phagocytosis or the process of removing dead cells.
- Ashwagandha may potentially enhance the results of radiation and chemotherapy.
- Ashwagandha can regulate nerve signals.
- Ashwagandha is a great source of energy and for increasing stamina.
- Ashwagandha contains antioxidants.
- Ashwagandha is used to maintain adrenal health.
The typical dose of ashwagandha is 500 mg – 3 g per day, which can be divided into 2-3 equal doses.
Ashwagandha root extract (Withania somnifera). Standardized to contain 8% withanolides.
Store in a cool, dry place, avoid light and high temperature.
The various effects are not guaranteed and results may vary due to several factors between different people.
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