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7 Benefits of Ashwagandha for your Stress and Anxiety!
There were specific medicinal herbs used by our ancestors for overall wellbeing and various other ailments like stress, anxiety and fatigue. These remarkable herbs are known as adaptogens. Adaptogens have a rich and storied global historic usage dating back thousands of years. Ashwagandha is one of the adaptogens which has significant history in the Indian subcontinent.
What is Ashwagandha?
It is an evergreen shrub which can be found thriving in India and some parts of Africa and the Middle east.
Parts of this shrub such as its roots and leaves and berries are extracted and ingested as teas, powders, tinctures and supplements, or in their raw forms to treat stress, anxiety, increase energy levels, improve concentration and other adaptogenic properties to boost overall health.
The word itself is derived from 2 sanskrit words Ashwa: meaning Horse and Gandha: meaning smell and this perfectly describes the smell of the root of this herb which has a strong horse like smell!
Its botanical name is Withania somnifera and is also commonly known as “winter cherry” or “Indian ginseng”.
Ayurvedic herbs like Ashwagandha are gaining traction in the medical and pharmaceutical industry as alternative therapies for allopathic (traditional) medications. With growing research, many of Ashwagandha’s efficacy and benefits have been recorded and for that reason we have decided to include them in our nutrition rich vitamin gummies!
Benefits of Ashwagandha
1. Relieving Stress and Anxiety
If you’ve heard about this herb then it’s mostly thanks to its stress and anxiety relieving properties! Many studies have given us significant evidence proving its worth and increasing demand for even more conclusive studies.
Ashwagandha seems to have a regulating effect on certain receptors (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis), stress hormones like cortisol and other enzymes(Jun N-terminal protein kinase (JNK-1)) and protein structures (heat shock proteins (Hsp70)) in our body that start reacting when the body is going through a stressful condition (1, 2, 3).
We at Superhuman have kept the dosage of Ashwagandha similar to that used in scientific studies to make sure our customers get the best dosage which is backed by science!
2. Can Lower fat and blood sugar levels
Studies have compared Ashwagandha’s sugar reducing efficiency to that of type 2 diabetes medication! (4) Some studies also found positive effects of Ashwagandha in lowering levels of fat (triglycerides), blood glucose (HbA1C) and insulin (5, 6).
3. Increased athletic Performance
Use of ashwagandha in participants in studies have shown an increase in not just muscle size but also in strength of the participants taking it vs placebo taking participants in both men and women! (7) Some research also noticed an increase in their speed and post workout recovery. (8, 9, 10) Analysis of ashwagandha based studies have also shown a significant improvement in maximum oxygen consumption (VO2 max) of healthy individuals.(11)
4. May reduce inflammation
Due to certain chemical compounds known as withanolides (WA) ashwagandha may help reduce inflammation! Some studies have even combined cover-19 medication with ashwagandha and shown reduced inflammatory markers compared to placebos! (12)
5. Improve brain health
Researchers saw significant improvements in cognitive function of adults taking ashwagandha vs placebo in areas of memory, attention span and information processing speed (13) Ashwagandha has also shown benefits in cognition and performing tasks in other populations such as older adults with mild cognitive impairment and individuals with schizophrenia (14).
6. Can improve sleep health
Ashwagandha shows promising results in areas of sleep health as well. Participants who took ashwagandha in many studies had a significant improvement in their sleep quality and mental alertness post waking up compared to their placebo counterparts (15, 16). The results were statistically more significant for people who were suffering from sleep issues such as insomnia (17).
7. Improves sexual health in both men and women
Ashwagandha can increase testosterone in males while show significant improvements in sexual function areas in women! (18) It can also increase men’s fertility with one study even stating how 14% of low fertility men partners became pregnant post the use of ashwagandha! (19, 20, 21).
Ashwagandha shows promise in many areas of health such as stress and anxiety. When combined with Vitamin D, ashwagandha can help improve these aspects of health even further including improving sleep. Say No To Stress by trying out Superhuman Ashwagandha gummies to get all the benefits of this super nutrient!
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