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Immunity, Lifestyle, Longevity
Jill Armijo, PTA, CHC
January 24, 2022
Jill Armijo, PTA, CHC
For thousands of years, India has used natural remedies and earth elements as medicine.
A medical system called Ayurveda, or the ‘knowledge of life’ (1).
This alternative medicine focuses on balancing the body’s energies by healing our movements, metabolic systems, and overall body structure.
Ashwagandha is a popular herb used in Ayurveda medicine for its incredible health benefits such as:
In this article, we break down everything you wanted to know about ashwagandha, including the proven and believed healing benefits of the herb and if the health supplement may be a good fit for you!
What is Ashwagandha, and Where Does it Come From?
The Ashwagandha herb is from the berries and root of an evergreen shrub found in India, the Middle East, and Africa.
Common names for Ashwagandha and the Indian evergreen shrub include (4):
Like other natural herb plants, this shrub is not to be confused with alkekengi or American ginseng.
Ashwagandha is categorized as an adaptogen, meaning it’s a non-toxic plant proven to help the body manage its:
The Chemicals found in Ashwagandha and How they Help
The primary chemicals found in the Ashwagandha plant are withanolides, steroidal lactones, alkaloids, saponins, flavonoids, and salts.
Let’s see how those play a part in the health benefits (5).
Withanolide & Steroidal Lactones are naturally occurring steroids known to:
Alkaloids are typically in the human body, food and drinks, and natural and alternative medicines.
This chemical is known to help:
This chemical has been used in many cases, like developing vaccines, producing makeup, and combining drugs.
Flavonoids are a plant-based metabolic aid proven to act as an antioxidant in the human body and help your body send strong signals through the cells.
Flavonoid helps your body (8):
What Should I Take Ashwagandha for?
There are many ways to use and benefit from Ashwagandha; here are the more common benefits and reasons for taking the supplement (9).
Boosting Your Mental Health
The stress-reducing component of Ashwagandha is excellent for boosting your mood, improving overall health, increasing positivity, and minimizing anxiety.
The supplement also helps with combatting depression and improving mental clarity to feel better and more yourself.
Reducing Fatigue and Improving Brain Function
Along with less stress and an increase in positivity, this supplement acts as an energy boost to combat mental or physical fatigue.
Whether you need a pick-me-up in the morning or feeling overly tired, this is a perfect option for reducing tiredness and fatigue levels.
It’s even known for helping people with insomnia. It is an aid that helps with brain function and improves brain health and mental agility, and increases physical performance!
Combating Inflammation in the Body
The healing powers of Ashwagandha provide a natural aid in minimizing swelling in the body and acts as a pain reliever.
These factors are great for relieving joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic back pain, and improving overall joint and muscle health. It can even enhance an underactive thyroid.
Improving Heart, Blood, & Immune System Health
If we have high-stress levels, our stress hormone cortisol will increase, resulting in potential anxiety, sleep loss, high blood sugar, mental fog, and fatigue.
The steroid chemicals found in the Ashwagandha are perfect for lowering cortisol levels and reducing stress.
In turn, this helps lower blood pressure, reduce fat and sugar levels in the blood(which is excellent for diabetics), and improve cholesterol.
The antioxidants also help enhance the immune system and minimize the risk of heart disease and other cancers.
Hormone & Physical Enhancer
Along with a boost in energy and mental clarity, Ashwagahnda has also improved hormone levels resulting in an increased sex drive, a hormonal balance, and increased fertility and sperm count in men.
The energy boost and antioxidants can enhance physical performance and muscle gain as well.
Is Ashwagandha Right for You?
Although Ashwagandha is well-known and used for thousands of years, there are a few potential side effects and health risks that you should consider before taking.
Remember to consult your doctor with any questions regarding Ashwagandha supplements and mixing medications.
Potential side effects when taking Ashwagandha include:
Do not combine Ashwagandha supplements with:
Consult your doctor before taking Ashwagandha if you:
Try Our Ashwagandha Supplement at Clinical Effects
At Clinical Effects, we provide Organic Ashwagandha in the form of veggie capsules.
We’ve combined the ashwagandha root with black pepper fruit to improve your body’s absorption of the herb supplement (10).
Here’s what people are saying:
“Great stuff. Highly recommended. Helps me sleep and lifts my mood.”
“I asked my doctor for a natural way to boost my mood and get me out of my head and he told me about this.
He said I should try it and that if I liked it we could go from there. I’m pretty healthy, I just have too much stress and anxiety. But this helps. A lot.
I’ve been taking it for a while now with zero negative side effects. Much better than chemical drugs! No thanks!”
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