The evergreen shrub ashwagandha grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. It's been used in traditional medicine for a long time. In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is an essential herb. This is one of the oldest medical systems in the world, as well as one of India's healthcare systems. Ashwagandha is classified as a Rasayana in Ayurvedic medicine. This indicates that it aids in the emotional and physical maintenance of youth.
These treatments are offered to small children as tonics, and they are often used by the middle-aged and elderly to extend their lives. Ashwagandha is typically sold as a churna, which is a fine sieved powder that can be mixed with water, ghee, or honey. It improves memory and activity of the brain thus the nervous system. It promotes a healthy sexual and reproductive balance by improving the role of the reproductive system. Moreover, it boosts the body's stress resistance because it is a strong adaptogen. It also has powerful antioxidant properties, which help to protect cells from free radical damage.
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A number of studies indicate that it has anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties; most studies support ashwagandha's use for this reason, and it appears to lower cortisol levels.
The medicinal herb tends to help lower cortisol levels, a stress hormone released by our adrenal glands. Cortisol levels were reduced by 11–32 percent when normal doses of 125 mg to 5 grams were taken for 1–3 months.
Ashwagandha can also help infertile men improve their testosterone and sperm production.
Supplementing with ashwagandha can have a significant impact on testosterone levels and reproductive health. The group with 75 infertile men that was given with ashwagandha showed increased sperm count and motility . While according to the researches, the group who took the herb also had higher antioxidant levels in their blood.
Besides that, ashwaghanda may improve brain function, including memory .
Ashwagandha has long been used in Ayurveda to aid memory, and some scientific studies back up this claim. In a small 8-week study, 300 mg of ashwagandha root extract twice a day significantly improved general memory, concentration, and task efficiency compared to a placebo. Furthermore, a healthy men was given 500 mg of the medicinal herb per day for two weeks, he performed significantly better on his test than those who were given a placebo.
Ashwagandha can improved our exercise performance.
Another research showed that healthy young adults who took 500 milligrams of ashwagandha daily for 8 weeks exercised faster and stronger than those who took a placebo. They even breathed more deeply and absorbed more oxygen. The RBC ( red blood cell ) and Hb ( haemoglobin ) counts were both increased by Ashwagandha. The ability of the blood to transport oxygen directly to the exercising muscles increases as RBC mass increases, thus improving aerobic capacity.
Ashwagandha can help with Alzheimer’s treatment.
Ashwagandha has been discovered to prevent the formation of beta-amyloid plaques by the researchers. These plaques, which are known to kill brain cells, form in the brains of people who are suffering from neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's. Instead of directly altering brain chemistry, studies show that ashwagandha enhances a liver protein that removes amyloid from the brain.
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