Scientifically known as Withania Somnifera, ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb whose name amazes everyone. The word ashwagandha is made from two different Sanskrit words, ‘ashwa’ and ‘gandha,’ which means the smell of a horse. It has this name because the herb actually has a strong odour of horse and that’s how you identify, other than its appearance, that it is an ashwagandha shrub. It is also popularly known as poison gooseberry or winter cherry, and is mostly found in India as well as some parts of the Middle East and Africa. In our country, this shrub is being used for centuries to treat several diseases, due to its medicinal properties. Experts and doctor still prescribe this wholesome ingredient to treat various ailments. Read on to know more about its amazing health benefits.
Stabilising Blood Sugar Level
It is imperative for the body to have a stable blood sugar level in order to provide nutrients that we consume and oxygen to all the other parts of the body. Ashwagandha, reportedly, is known to normalise increased or decreased blood sugar levels in the body. Other than eating your greens and fruits, consuming ashwagandha can help you to fight problems that are caused by unstable blood sugar levels, such as nausea, vomiting, or shortness of breath, dizziness, blurred vision, seizures, unconsciousness, etc.
Given the current time, where in the world is facing a pandemic of the novel coronavirus, boosting the immune system is imperative. Nothing helps better than the multi-beneficiary ayurvedic herbs, such as ashwagandha, which is an excellent immune booster. It provides energy to the disease-fighting cells and helps greatly to ward off illness, and that’s what everybody wants right now. Rich in iron, this herb also contributes to red blood cell count.
Supporting Adrenal Glands
The adrenal glands are small organs that are located right above the kidney. They are responsible for producing such hormones that you can't survive without. The list also includes sex hormones. Ashwagandha has been proved to support these organs in an amazing way and has shown that it normalises its functioning. If you’re having stress or are suffering from depression, along with consulting a doctor or an expert, you can also consume ashwagandha tea to help yourself. Not only this, but the ayurvedic herb is also likely to positively impact thyroid function by stimulating thyroid hormone activity.
Improving Heart Health
Your heart is one of the most important organs of the body, which helps to pump blood. Therefore, keeping the heart healthy is significant. However, given the current lifestyle of humans, most of us end up having cardiovascular problems early in life. To avoid this, one must consume a balanced diet, exercise, and also take in herbs like ashwagandha. As per health reports, it has been found to lower the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the bloodstream. This has been already tested positively on both animals and humans.
Fertility gets affected due to many factors, such as your eating habits, lifestyle, workout regimen, and stress levels. Since ashwagandha treats a lot of such body problems, it also is considered effective in boosting fertility in humans. Especially in males, it increases testosterone and sperm count.
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