What are the health benefits of Ashwagandha?

What are the health benefits of Ashwagandha?

By Shannon, Posted in Wellness

Life is all about balance with nature.

Ever since I’ve stepped into my darling herbal business, the buzz about Ashwagandha doesn’t stop. Its seemingly never-ending benefits have wrapped everyone around its pinky finger.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a rejuvenating herb. In Ayurvedic light, it is hailed as the rasayana fairly because of its powerful capability of rejuvenating damaged tissues, strained nerves, and low libido.

All the parts of the Ashwagandha shrub are of immense importance but it is those roots that turn the tables upside down. It is used as a medicine in powdered form, commonly known as Ashwagandha churna.

Centuries have gone by and people of  the subcontinent can’t stop gushing about the traditional benefits of Ashwagandha. With modern medicinal tools, scientists are now regarding it as an adaptogen. In this post, we’ll give you the details about the omnipotent properties of Ashwagandha


Adaptogen 

Anxiety, stress, and disrupted sleep are the sweeteners of modern society. Ashwagandha is categorized as an adaptogen as it helps your body adapt to building stress and manage it appropriately. It is used to fight and lessen stress and upgrades general well-being.

This anti-stress property of Ashwagandha makes it probable for the treatment of stress, anxiety, gastric ulcer, stress-induced ulcer, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, premature aging, diabetes, hypertension, malignancy, and other stress-induced disorders.


Anti-inflammatory

Inflammation is the casual response of the immune system upon receiving some markers driven by foreign body invasion. However, overly aggressive inflammation has never pleased anyone on this earth and people look for instant relief .i.e. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) which are not well-accepted in the long run.

Ashwagandha, on the other hand, has been tested and is known to suppress inflammation by inhibiting the production of inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-6).

Ashwagandha has the potential to replace hazardous NSAIDs and mitigate the inflammation without producing any side effects.


Antioxidant

Oxidative stress is brought about by the good-for-nothing reactive oxygen species (ROS) aka free radicals. In order to complete their octets, free radicals bind with the healthy membranes in the body, ending up making those membranes a free radical. This situation gives rise to a multitude of free radicals that generate oxidative stress.

Ashwagandha acts as an antioxidant due to one of its constituents, Withaferin. It works by blocking the pathways and nitro-oxidative enzymes (iNOS, COX-2, NOX-2, and etc) which reduces the production of free radicals and thus reduces the blaring oxidation.