7 things you did not know about … Ashwagandha!

If you read this name and think: “I do not even know what ashvaganda is,” you are not alone.

Thanks to renewed interest in holistic medicine, this ayurvedic herb is gaining popularity, but it is still very much under the radar.

Ashwagandha has been used in India for centuries to strengthen the immune system, and studies show that it can help the body in several ways, including to combat the physical effects of stress, improve learning and memory, and even offer help for those who suffer from Anxiety and depression.

7 Interesting facts of Ashwagandy:

As the health improvement progresses, you will probably hear more and more about this special grass. When you do, you will be armed with these 7 interesting facts:

  1. Something smells … horse-y? The Sanskrit translation of ashwagandha is the “smell of a horse”, which, fortunately, is not literal. This term should indicate that the grass will give strength and strength to the stallion, and, rest assured, it smells just like dry grass, not a carriage.
  2. Advantages for the brain and body. Shivaganda is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda and is used to treat a wide variety of diseases. It not only supports the immune system, but it can also stabilize blood sugar and lower cholesterol. It is most often used for its effect on mental health. It contributes to peace and relaxation, nourishing the nervous system, which can be overloaded when we are strained.
  3. An ancient stress-buster. A shwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, which means that it promotes homeostasis in your body and enhances its ability to cope with stress. When we suffer from stress, we secrete more of the cortisol hormone, and studies show that ashwagandha can reduce its amount by as much as 26%. This is good news, because chronically elevated cortisol levels increase inflammation and degenerative processes in the body. Another study showed that ashwagandha was able to significantly reduce the number of cells damaged by chronic stress. Using animals, the researchers found that 85% of their cells showed signs of degeneration when they were chronically exposed to stress. Adding ashwagandha to their diet caused this number to drop to only 5%.
  4. Very ancient, that is. The use of ashwagandha dates back to 6,000 years BC. The roots of the plant are traditionally dried and crushed into powder, and this is how you will find it today. It was usually mixed with water in tea, with ghee (purified oil) or with honey. A more modern option is to add it to the cocktail!
  5. “Indian ginseng”? “Indian ginseng” became a pseudonym for ashwagande because of its rejuvenating properties (although ashwagandha is in fact part of the Solanaceae family and more closely related to tomatoes). Taking this herb was common after the disease, to improve the immune system. In addition, ashwaganda is also used to enhance sexual potency for both men and women.
  6. World grass. Although it is usually associated with the Indian Ayurveda health system, ashwaganda, also called winter cherry, naturally grows in both North America and Africa.
  7. Athletic amplifier. Animal tests show that adding ashwagandy can significantly improve athletic performance. A study of rats showed that they could swim twice as long as usual when they were given grass. This can translate to people as an increased endurance.

Have you ever tried ashvagandha? If so, share your experience with us in the comments section below!

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