Popularly known as winter cherry, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a widely used herb due to its numerous medicinal and restorative properties.
Ashwagandha protects cells from oxidative damage and st ress-related diseases such as depression, high blood pressure and cardiovascular conditions. Being an adaptogen, it improves a person’s ability to cope with stress.[1-6] It also improves lower limb muscular strength and neuro-muscular co-ordination.
Besides this, ashwagandha’s antimicrobial properties and antibacterial activities protect against potentially dangerous bacteria, including Salmonella—a bacteria that causes food poisoning.
Ashwagandha For Fatigue
A research done in Malaysia found that when ashwagandha root extract was regularly taken by people who were receiving chemotherapy, it relieved fatigue and improved their quality of life.
An eight-week study was conducted by the Faculty of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy at India’s Guru Nanak Dev University with forty elite cyclists supplemented with ashwagandha. The study found significant improvement in both cardiovascular and respiratory endurance.
How To Take It
Ashwagandha can be taken as a fluid extract or as a supplement. Talk to a naturopath to determine the correct dosage for you. Drinking a cup of hot milk containing a teaspoon of powdered ashwagandha before bedtime is also beneficial in relieving stress. You can buy ashwagandha powder here.
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