Ashwagandha (Latin name: Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha, Indian herb is used for over 2000 years in Ayurvedic medicine. It is also called Indian ginseng or Indian winter cherry. Ashwagandha in Sanskrit means "horse's smell".
Chemical analysis showed that Ashwagandha contains minerals and biologically valuable substances such as calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, cobalt, iron, vanadium, flavonoids, alakloidi, vitamin-lactones and phenolic compounds and tannins, free amino acids, saponins, glycosides and proteins.
Health Benefits of Ashwagandha:
It is an effective anti-stress adaptogen which has a soothing effect on the organism. This plant gives energy and in contrast to the sedatives not forcing you to sleep. Ashwagandha is beneficial in other stress related disorders. It also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Ashwagandha increases the white blood cell count and prepares the body to produce antigens against different infections and allergies.
Indian ginseng also has a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Ashwagandha stimulates the immune system therefore it is ideal for recovery after illness and chronic fatigue. Ashwagandha prevents the multiplication of cells so is useful in the prevention of cancer. It is recommended to be taken with ginger for better digestion and assimilation.
Ashwagandha root is useful in cases of:
- For better endurance and faster recovery after illness
- To combat insomnia and depression
- For general mental satisfaction and better memory
- For arthritis, bronchitis, asthma
- For the treatment of inflammation and infection of Candida
- After chemotherapy and radiation
- Against the anemia
- For digestion disorders and circulation
- To stimulate the functioning of the thyroid gland in hypothyroidism
- To enhance sexual power
- Helps in increasing the number and quality of sperms
- To detoxify the body
- To prevent early aging
- For general vitality of the organism
The recommended daily dose of Ashwagandha is 3-8 gram.
Simple recipe for Ashwagandha tea: Simmer one cup of water or one cup of almond milk and one teaspoon of ashwagandha powder (about 3 grams), 15 minutes on low heat.
Note: Ashwagandha root is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not consume in conjunction with sedative medications, barbiturates or anxiolytics.
In any case, follow the instructions of the manufacturer or a health care professional.
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