Taken daily, ashwagandha can lower cortisol levels by 28%, stress by 44%, anxiety by 69%, and depressive symptoms by 68%. It's better than standard anti-anxiety and antidepressant drugs as it stabilizes mood, relieves insomnia, and revitalizes the body without any side effects or withdrawal symptoms. Moreover, it can manage weight and food cravings in chronic stress patients. Have 3–6 gm ashwagandha root powder daily for best results but after consulting an Ayurvedic doctor.
Ashwagandha increases the number of pathogen-fighting agents like WBC and platelets, the levels of the key proteins IL2 and IFNγ, and the amount and variety of antibodies. By hiking bone marrow cellularity, it helps produce more pathogen-fighting agents and reverses the ill effects of anticancer drugs on the immune system. It also fights chronic stress, which debilitates the immune system.
Studies show that ashwagandha lowers total, LDL, and VLDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels significantly and increases HDL levels slightly. Antioxidants in the herb scavenge free radicals so that excess LDLs are not formed or oxidized inside the artery to form plaque. They also protect the liver from free radical damage, reduce cell damage and inflammation, and improve diabetes dyslipidemia symptoms.
If stress, hypothyroidism, or a breached immunity is bulking you up, try ashwagandha. This adaptogenic herb can lower cortisol levels by 28%, hike the BMR by raising T4 output, and bolster immunity. Rich in iron, it boosts RBC count and circulation, fights inflammation, and augments energy. This spurs weight loss. Add a few crushed leaves to water and drink daily.
Your exhausted adrenal glands can bust your stress response, causing chronic fatigue, anxiety, and low energy. Treat it with prescribed amounts (up to 4 gms) of ashwagandha daily. This adaptogenic herb normalizes cortisol levels, resists biological and chemical stressors, and hastens stress recovery. It also fights oxidative stress, a cause of chronic fatigue, by regulating GSH and lowering lipid peroxidation.
Perimenopause spikes a hormonal imbalance, with more estrogen than progesterone due to fewer cycles. Though menopause lowers estrogen levels, with progesterone lacking, this imbalance continues. Ashwagandha moderates the effects of high levels of estrogen over progesterone and mitigates symptoms like heavy bleeding, mood swings, or hot flashes. It can even serve as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy.
Ashwagandha regulates hormone levels, calms the mind and balances moods, thereby improving the body's response to both psychological and physical stress. It also counters the effect of toxic agents that can inhibit reproductive ability. Post-partum, ashwagandha can help women regain strength, and even stimulate milk production. Large doses carry risk of abortion, so be cautious.
Ditch conventional anti-anxiety drugs for adaptogenic herbs that regulate cortisol levels and boost the body’s natural resilience to stress. Astragalus, ashwagandha, ginseng, holy basil, licorice root, noni, rhodiola, schisandra, mushrooms, and suma are adaptogens. Consume as powders in food or tea, tinctures, or supplements. Consult your nutritionist about dosage and side effects.
No major side effects have been reported within the recommended dosage range of 300-1200 mg Ashwagandha extract per day. High doses could worsen acidity, ulcers, skin rashes, and anxiety. Very high levels of dosage (450 - 1500 mg/kg) of pure alkaloid extract could be toxic. Pregnant women, and those with hyperthyroidism, low blood sugar, or acute liver problems must exercise caution.
The recommended dose of ashwagandha root or leaf powder for both short- and long-term use is 1–2 tsps twice daily, boiled in water or mixed with milk, buttermilk, ghee, or honey. You can also have ashwagandha root or leaf extract at a dose of 600–1200 mg. The more convenient modern way is to have 1–2 capsules twice a day. There are no major side effects, but it's best avoided by pregnant women.
Ayurveda recommends ashwagandha as an aphrodisiac and as a tonic for overall health. Studies prove that it increases sperm quality, count, and motility and improves the biochemical composition of semen. It raises testosterone and luteinizing hormone levels and reduces follicle-stimulating hormone and prolactin. Ashwagandha also fights oxidative damage, counters stress, and reverses the effect of smoking on sperms. Have 1–2 tsps root extract twice daily for best benefits.
Insomnia is an outcome of disruption in the body's ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles, typically caused by chronic stress and deterioration in immunity, metabolism and hormonal balance. Ashwagandha does not act as a sedative - instead, it reduces stress, improves vitality and makes the body more robust and active, thereby helping restore the body's natural mechanisms to regulate sleep. 2 tsp (200–400 mg) of Ashwagandha extract a day is safe and effective to treat insomnia.
Ayurveda recommends drinking 1 to 2 cups of Ashwagandha tea daily to treat both mental and physical fatigue. Boil 1/2 cup milk, 1 tsp Ashwagandha root powder, 1 tsp sugar and 1/2 cup water on low flame till the mixture reduces to 1/2 cup. Add a pinch of cardamom and let it cool down to a lukewarm temperature. Have this herbal tea, once or twice a day. Add other herbs like basil for even more benefits!
Ashwagandha root and leaf extracts contain components that prevent cancer, enhance the effectiveness of cancer therapies, and alleviate the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Ashwagandha selectively inhibits cancer cells using five signaling pathways. It has proven effective against multiple types of cancers including brain, prostate, skin, renal, and breast cancer.
With its steroids, ashwagandha fights free radicals and increases the activity of the natural antioxidants in the body, thus lowering inflammation, a common factor in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. It helps clear out the proteins that form plaques in an Alzheimer's brain. It improves the symptoms of Parkinson's related to muscle control, movement, and balance by raising dopamine levels. The herb has the rare ability to repair damaged neurons and reconstruct neuronal networks and synapses, which helps improve memory and cognition. No wonder Ayurveda uses it as a rejuvenator.
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