Health benefits of Ashwaganda

Health benefits of Ashwaganda

The benefits of including Ashwaganda into your supplement routine.

The ancient Ayurvedic herb, Ashwagandha, benefits many parts of our body including thyroid, brain, immune system and much more. USN has embraced this wonder herb and incorporated it in various of our product formulations, let’s unpack why we are so excited about it:

Ashwagandha is a herb that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to help stabilize the body’s physiology and homeostasis. What this means is that ashwagandha efficiently stabilizes imbalances in your body so that during periods of stress it can lower cortisol and boost thyroid function.

Ayurvedic medicine comes from India and is centered around finding natural ways to cure the body of illnesses instead of using prescriptions or external medications. This type of medicine also approaches illness in one area of the body as affecting the entire system, which is why ashwagandha is used as a multipurpose herb. Ashwagandha is used to defend your body against toxins in your environment or diet to sustain positive physical and mental health. This ancient herb also has anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and anti-depressant properties, making it extremely valuable for our health.

5 Benefits of Ashwagandha

1. Boosts thyroid function

One of the major benefits of ashwagandha is its ability to stimulate the thyroid and help it work optimally. Even better, ashwagandha is known to be effective for both overactive and underactive thyroid disorders. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that ashwagandha was successful in normalizing the thyroid in hypothyroidism patients (Sharma et. al, 2018).

2. Reduces stress and anxiety

This is probably ashwagandha’s best-known advantage, but this herb helps you manage cortisol and keeps you calm throughout the day. According to a 2012 study published in the Indian Journal of Medicine, ashwagandha is proven to “improve an individual’s resistance to the effects of stress,” helping you stay calm in high-pressure environments (Kapoor et. al, 2012).

3. Detoxifies the body

Ashwagandha has some anti-tumoral properties. It may also protect the body from infections due to its antioxidant and detoxifying properties.

4. Improves memory and brain cell function

The stressors in our life harm our bodies and damage our nervous system over time, so having ashwagandha around as a natural stress reliever is definitely beneficial. But even more so, the powerful detoxification enzymes in ashwagandha contains help stop free radicals, chemicals that promote the aging and wearing of the body. With this comes memory support—ashwagandha has been proven to help boost memory and cognitive function in adults over an 8-week period (Bose et. al, 2017).

5. Stimulates the immune system

Finally, as an adaptogen, ashwagandha can help reduce inflammation in your body and help your immune system work properly. Not only has it improved white blood cell count, but research suggests that ashwagandha may increase immunoglobulin production. Immunoglobulins are antibodies that fight off disease in your immune system, and ashwagandha helps your body naturally develop more of these to support your health.

Include ashwagandha in your morning routine every day to live your healthiest and happiest life!

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