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Ashwagandha Benefits - Indian Ginseng

Colin Stuckert

Ashwagandha is a root native to India that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.

It has earned the moniker "Indian ginseng" due to it's restorative benefits.

In Sanskrit, ashwagandha means “odor of a horse." This name owes its origin to the fact that ashwagandha smells like the sweat of a horse.

Let's look at a few reasons why this funny-named root is a prominent ingredient used for promoting health and well-being.

  • Ashwagandha helps prevent aging. While we all want to age gracefully, many of us would rather put that off for as long as possible. Ashwagandha helps do that by providing antioxidants that fight free radicals in our body.
  • Ashwagandha may help prevent cataracts from forming in the eyes.
  • Ashwagandha has been proven to help relieve rheumatologic problems by preventing inflammation and blocking pain.
  • Ashwagandha may help stimulate the thyroid gland, which helps in brain and bone development, as well as regulates the digestive functions and muscle control.
  • Ashwagandha may boost the immune system. It does this two ways. First, it brings up the count of the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Second, it has antibacterial properties. It’s worth mentioning the ancients ingested ashwagandha to treat gastrointestinal and respiratory tract infections.
  • Ashwagandha may promote heart health. Regular consumption of this ginseng has been proven to be good for the heart by strengthening core muscles and lowering cholesterol levels.
  • Ashwagandha is good for the muscles. Ashwagandha can improve muscular strength and neuro-muscular coordination.
  • Ashwagandha may help fight diabetes. Those who have diabetes usually experience a rise in blood sugar during fasting. A study found those who consumed ashwagandha over a four-week period showed a decrease in blood sugar levels.
  • Ashwagandha may help relieve depression. Consumption of ashwagandha has been linked to benefits in treating depression and anxiety.
  • Ashwagandha may be an aphrodisiac.
  • Ashwagandha may lower blood pressure. Ancient texts show how the ginseng is used to create a calm, soothing effect on patients.

*Note: Consult your doctor before use if you are pregnant or expecting or on medications.