One of the most important herbal plants of Ayurvedic medicine, Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng is known for its calming properties and is widely used to reduce stress. The plant has a distinctive smell like a horse and said to bring the strength and endurance like a horse if taken regularly. Many of the important supplements are extracted from the roots and berries of the plant thus making it the ‘King of Ayurveda’.
Here are some of the benefits it does to the body:
1. Checks Blood Sugar:
A regular intake of Ashwagandha maintains the level of insulin, keeping a check on the blood sugar. It also keeps your heart healthy by reducing the level of cholesterol and triglyceride.
2. Stress And Anxiety:
Ashwagandha keeps the health of adrenal gland in check and normalises the cortisol level hence reducing the stress and anxiety. It is also found beneficial in alleviating depression.
3. Improving Fertility:
Along with increasing stamina and energy, Ashwagandha also improves fertility in men. If taken in an appropriate amount, it helps in maintaining the sperm count and its motility. It also increases testosterone production in men leading to improved reproductive health.
4. Reduces Inflammation:
Ashwagandha helps in boosting the immunity of the body by encouraging the production of anti-inflammatory and disease-fighting cells. It also is a rich source of Iron hence improves the red blood cell count. Ashwagandha also proves to be quite potent in reducing arthritis pain.