Ashwagandha: An immune, adrenal and thyroid tonic for better health
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that belongs to the pepper family. It has an extensive history of traditional use and is one of the most revered and widely used Ayurvedic herbs. Ashwagandha is frequently referred to as “Indian ginseng” because of its rejuvenating properties, even though botanically, ginseng and ashwagandha are unrelated.
In animal studies, ashwagandha has been shown to modulate immune activity, moderate stress, enhance memory and cognitive function, provide neuroprotection by scavenging free radicals, and support thyroid function. Traditional uses for ashwagandha also includes support for healthy male sexual function. Ashwagandha should be avoided by pregnant women and by individuals allergic to plants in the nightshade family.
Ashwagandha has the following health benefits:
Helps counteract the negative effects of stress.
Increases resistance to fatigue.
Helps promote mental clarity and concentration.
Improves sleep quality.
Supports healthy weight management by inhibiting stress responses that can lead to overeating.
Helps protect against the effects of aging by protecting against free radical damage to cells.
Modulates the immune system which can decrease thyroid antibodies in people diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Ask one of the doctors as Arizona Natural Medicine for specific recommendations if you are interested in including ashwagandha as part of your health care plan.