Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), or asparagus extract, is a herb frequently used in Ayurvedic preparations for the treatment of dyspepsia, gastric ulcers and as a galactogogue (promoting lactation). The herb should, however, not be confused with the vegetable asparagus, which is Asparagus officinalis.
Shatavari improves cognition by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase (an enzyme that breaks down the neurotransmitter acetylcholine) activity, that prevents the blocking of the nerve impulse. It can also relieve depression and reduce stress.[2,3,4,5]
Laboratory and animal studies show that shatavari can reduce glucose absorption in the intestine and increase serum insulin levels by stimulating pancreatic β (beta)-cells.[6,7] This could prove beneficial for people with diabetes.
Shatavari For Male Sexual Health
While shatavari is commonly regarded as a herb that’s excellent for women, many aren’t aware of its potent sexual health benefits for men.
Contrary to popular belief, shatavari does not directly affect the gonads (sex organs) but rather the master gland (anterior pituitary gland) by supporting the secretion of the luteinizing hormone. While in women this hormone supports factors requisite for a successful pregnancy, in men LH promotes the production of testosterone.
Animal studies have shown that shatavari caused an increase in testicular size by 6.8 percent that possibly followed an increase in spermatogenesis (the process of producing sperms). There was also an increase in attraction towards members of the opposite sex. Penile erection index (used to measure penile erection) increased by 143 percent and is attributable to the testosterone-like effects of shatavari.
How To Take It
1. Add a tablespoon of shatavari root powder to a glass of warm milk. Add 2tsp honey for taste. Drink this twice daily to improve your sexual health. To buy shatavari root powder, click here.
2. Alternatively, you can take a capsule of shatavari twice daily to boost your sexual health. Buy them online here.
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