Ashwagandha, sometimes referred to as ‘Withania Somnifera’, is an ancient Ayurvedic herb which has a traditional use that spans thousands of years.
The herb is renowned for rejuvenating the mind and body and is hugely popular for managing stress and promoting a sense of calm and vitality.
Below are just some of the reasons why our taking ashwagandha is becoming an increasingly popular supplement as part of your overall daily wellness routine.
Undoubtedly one of the best-known benefits of the herb, ashwagandha demonstrated properties that may help to reduce stress - a benefit that has been proven within multiple animal and human studies over the years.
One study found that participants reported a 69% reduction in feelings of stress and anxiety and another study found that 88% of participants experienced similar benefits with this supplement.
Ashwagandha has been used traditionally for its anti-inflammatory properties, and in recent years has been proven to decrease markers of inflammation (such as C-reactive protein, which is linked to higher risk of heart disease).
It has also been found to increase activity of cells within the body that combat infection and work to keep the body healthy. By increasing the activity of these cells, the herb is may help to maintain a healthy immune system.
The antioxidant properties of this supplement help to protect nerve cells from harmful free radicals, which can have a detrimental effect on mental performance. It has also been found to help alleviate memory and brain function problems caused by injury or disease across multiple studies.
The herb was used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine to improve memory specifically and some studies have found significant improvement in memory for participants who have used the supplement.
Ashwagandha is effective in increasing and maintaining energy levels by enhancing your physical resilience to different forms of stress. Studies have found that the herb is effective in reducing both stress and fatigue, including fatigue during exercise - making it the ideal supplement for those who are needing an energy boost for their daily activity.
Due to its ability to reduce stress and anxiety, the herb has been proven to have a calming effect on those who supplement and it can promote a sense of vitality and wellbeing. Multiple studies have found the supplement to be effective in reducing stress levels and decreasing anxiety symptoms.
Animal studies have even found that ashwagandha regulated chemical signals in the nervous system and effectively blocked ‘stress’ pathways. Meaning that the herb can help in reducing stress and enhancing a feeling of calm in those who supplement.
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