Ashwagandha the King Herb

Ashwagandha is often referred as the king or sometimes queen of ayurvedic herbs. Various parts of ashwagandha are used for health benefits but the most common part which gets used are the roots. Ashwagandha is classified as a adaptogen meaning it can help yor body manage stress. Apart the stress relief, ashwagandha also provides numerous other benefits for the body. It contains chemicals that help calm the brain, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and increase immunity in the body. Ashwagandha is a ancient medicinal herb. It is sometimes also called the Indian Ginseng.

Effect of Ashwagandha on the body

  • Rejivenates the body
  • Has a very calming effect on the body
  • Has restoring properties / effect on the body

Ashwgandha and ayurveda

  • Its essentially a plant which promotes longevity, vitality and happiness
  • It tastes bitter, sweet and pungent
  • Can be given to children and the elderly as a tonic
  • It has a warm nature
  • It balances vaat and kapha
  • It may increase pitta

Nutritional facts

  • Contains magnesium, manganese, iron, zinc, copper and vitamin B6
  • Contains several compounds that are considered bio active, including alkaloids, glycosides and saponins

Health benefits

  • Can reduce blood sugar levels in the body
  • Can reduce cortisol levels in the body
  • Help reduce stress and anxiety
  • Reduces symptoms of depression
  • Helps maintain hormonal balance
  • Can boost testosterone and increase fertility in men
  • It is also known to support growth of human growth hormone

Other benefits

  • Increases muscle mass and strength
  • Prevents constipation
  • May reduce inflammation
  • Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides in the body
  • Improves brain function including memory
  • Supports the nervous system
  • Ensures better sleep and treat insomnia
  • Helps maintain healthy skin and hair

How can it be included in diet

  • With milk (moon milk)
  • In water (before meal)
  • With ghee or honey (medicinal use)
  • In juices
  • In smoothies and shakes (for general health)

How much to consume ?

  • 250 to 500 mg per day
  • Amounts to roughly 3 to 5 grams daily
  • It is best to be consumed early morning or at bed time

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