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Health Benefits of the Ayurvedic Herb Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a treasure trove of nutrients and so yields several health benefits.
Aakash Jain Mar 21, 2019
Ashwagandha, a well-known medicinal herb holds a special place as 'Rasayana' in Ayurvedic medicine. Known to possess medicinal properties, its parts such as roots and leaves are highly effective in treating health conditions.

Stress-buster

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen i.e., it aids the body cope with stress, provides a relief from stress-related anxiety, and also fights fatigue. Extracts of Ashwagandha root play a major role in busting stress by regulating the secretion of Cortisol - the stress hormone. Reduced stress levels enhance mental health and improve one’s productivity.
Ashwagandha provides a calming effect to the mind. The adaptogenic properties of this herb help in alleviating depression and inducing sleep. Consumption of Ashwagandha root powder is found to reduce insomnia and mental discomfort. On the whole, its rejuvenating properties are effective for overall functioning of the nervous system.

Immunity Booster

Ashwagandha, due to the presence of withanolides in it, serves as a major immunity booster. It has the ability to ward off foreign materials that may lead to infections, by boosting the production of leukocytes - the cells of immune system that fight diseases.
Ashwagandha increases the stamina required for physical activities and also provides strength to muscles. It has the ability to restore the balance of the body, thanks to its adaptogenic properties. Thus, its nutritional content promotes the overall holistic development of human body and longevity.

Antioxidant Properties

Antioxidants in Ashwagandha help prevent premature aging. They countervail the free radicals and combat their degenerative actions on cells and tissues, and make the skin glow.

Good for Heart

Ashwagandha is used to lower the cholesterol level which helps in proper functioning of liver, and also in strengthening the cardio-vascular system. While Flavonoids in Ashwagandha are known to regulate blood sugar level by maintaining the insulin production helping diabetic people; the Alkaloids are proven to be beneficial for people with hypertension.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Ashwagandha is popular for its anti-inflammatory properties. Withanolides in Ashwagandha decrease the inflammation caused from swelling. The powdered form of its roots is known to provide relief from arthritis, joint pain, and speed up the process of wound healing.

Boon for Hair

Ashwagandha is known to provide nourishment to the scalp, and prevent dandruff and hair loss. It revitalizes the hair follicles helping strengthen the hair, and promotes the production of melanin reducing hair-graying. Its rejuvenating properties have made it a regular component in hair products.
Owing to its benefits, Ashwagandha is used in dietary supplements, especially in Chyawanprash. Chyawanprash, a herbal jam consisting of Amla and various herbs, is a major immunity booster. Consuming 1-2 spoons of Pior Living Chywanprash is sufficient for stimulating wellness, boosting metabolism and vitality. Include it in your diet and stay healthy always.