Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a medicinal herb that has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
Its main use as an adaptogen, which means that it can help the body to manage stress and anxiety. The ancients have utilised this herb to treat a very wide variety of conditions such as an energiser, rejuvenating tonic, sedative, anti-inflammatory agent and many more. Because of this, they also considered it a “magical herb.” Ashwagandha is best known for its restorative effects and nourishing nature. Traditionally, this “rejuvenative” herb is prescribed to people who are recovering from illnesses.
01. Relieves Stress and anxiety
Ashwagandha is perhaps best known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety, whether physical, mental, emotional or electro-magnetical and even fight depression. How? Withanolides, the active ingredient found in ashwagandha, holds back high levels of cortisol (stress hormone) and helps the body manage everyday stress. It must, indeed, be very potent as it is used in both anti-depressant drugs and tranquilizers.
Several controlled human studies have shown that it can effectively reduce symptoms in people with stress and anxiety disorders as well.
In a 60-day study in 64 people with chronic stress, those in the supplemental group reported a 69% average reduction in anxiety and insomnia, compared to 11% in the placebo group.
In another six-week study, 88% of people who took ashwagandha reported a reduction in anxiety, compared to 50% of those who took a placebo.
02. Controls Blood Sugar Levels
Ashwagandha has long been used as a remedy for diabetes in Ayurvedic medicine. A research report published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences revealed that the flavonoids found in the roots and leaves of ashwagandha are used to cure diabetes, lowering blood sugars.
03. Controls Cholesterol Levels
Organic Ashwagandha root, with its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, is good for cardiovascular problems. It strengthens the heart muscles and can also control cholesterol. A study published by the University of Arizona in the World Journal of Medical Sciences indicated that it possesses hypolipidemic properties that help in bringing down blood cholesterol levels.
04. Boost Testosterone and Increase Fertility in Men
Ashwagandha supplements may have powerful effects on testosterone levels and reproductive health. In one study in 75 infertile men, the group treated with ashwagandha showed increased sperm count and motility. What’s more, the treatment led to a significant increase in testosterone levels.
05. Increase Muscle Mass and Strength
Research has shown that ashwagandha may improve body composition and increase strength). In a study to determine a safe and effective dosage for ashwagandha, healthy men who took 750–1,250 mg per day gained muscle strength after 30 days. In another study, those who took ashwagandha had significantly greater gains in muscle strength and size. It also more than doubled the reduction in body fat percentage, compared to the placebo group.
06. Helps Fight Cancer
Naturopathic doctor, Marie Winters, in a research study, published in the Alternative Medicine Review has described ashwagandha as an emerging and novel alternative in the field of oncology, in association with radiation therapy and chemotherapy, because of its cancer-killing properties. It is also of interest because it is known to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy without interfering with the tumor cell-killing activity.
07. Anti-inflammatory Properties
Ashwagandha has been found to be effective in dealing with a variety of rheumatologic problems. The herb is known to act as a cyclooxygenase inhibitor that decreases inflammation and pain.
08. Boosts Immunity
studies have shown a significant increase in white blood cells after the administration of ashwagandha. It is believed the thing responsible for the increase is the sitoindosides contained in ashwagandha which helped strengthen the immune system.
09. Improve Brain Function, Including Memory.
Ashwagandha has traditionally been used to boost memory in Ayurvedic practice,
In one controlled study, healthy men who took 500 mg of the herb daily reported significant improvements in their reaction time and task performance, compared to men who received a placebo.
Another eight-week study in 50 adults showed that taking 300 mg of ashwagandha root extract twice daily significantly improved general memory, task performance and attention
10. Boost Energy
Ashwagandha is a powerful adaptogen which helps a person sustain vitality and energy all throughout the day. However, unlike stimulants, it does not disrupt sleeping patterns. In fact, it even prevents anxiety, treats insomnia, promotes calmness, and a sound peaceful sleep.
Ashwagandha is a natural adaptogen herb used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. Predominantly used supporting the body natural response to stress and anxiety. Also demonstrating several additional health benefits supporting treatment of certain conditions.
At OSN it’s easy to see why we use Ashwagandha as a main ingredient in Organic Calm our ‘natural adaptogen complex’ to help reduce stress, anxiety and restore balance and clarity.
Organic, pure and properly processed
We use no harmful chemicals in the processing of our organic ashwagandha powder—no alcohol or synthetic solvents were added during its production and processing up until the time it is packed and delivered. Our ashwagandha powder has been processed synergistically in order for our customers to experience the maximum nutritional benefits from this powerful herb.