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4 ways ashwagandha supplements can improve your health

Ashwagandha is a shrub found in India, the Middle East and Africa, and is an ancient medicinal herb traditionally used to help manage stress. It is thought to also improve brain function, lower blood sugar and cortisol, and help with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. 

Ashwagandha is an important herb in Ayurvedic medicine, a form of alternative Indian medicine which uses the root, leaves and fruits for natural healing. It has been used for over 3,000 years to improve physical and mental health. Evidence suggests this medicinal herb has high concentrations of withanolides, which possess strong anti-inflammatory effects. Reducing inflammation in the body may help prevent serious health conditions such as diabetes and cancer.

This medicinal herb is gaining popularity in the west and is now often taken as a supplement to promote better health and manage stress. Here are some of the major benefits of taking ashwagandha supplements.

Reduce stress and anxiety

Ashwagandha is most commonly used to treat stress. High cortisol levels, also known as the stress hormone, can have negative impacts on the brain and body, including increased feelings of stress and anxiety, elevated blood sugar and increased fat storage. Research suggests ashwagandha supplements may reduce cortisol levels by up to 30%.

Ashwagandha may also help calm anxiety symptoms and improve quality of life, by regulating chemical signaling in the nervous system. 

Fight cancer

Withaferin, a compound found in ashwagandha, is believed to have anticancer properties – it disrupts cancer cell function, helps induce death of tumour cells (apoptosis), and prevents the growth of new cancer cells. Studies suggest ashwagandha supplements may help reduce growth of certain types of cancer, including lung, breast, brain and ovarian cancer

Brain function

Ashwagandha has antioxidant properties and helps protect nerve cells from damage caused by harmful free radicals, released as a result of oxidative stress. If nerve cells become damaged, this can cause problems with brain function and memory and may result in the development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Research shows that ashwagandha may help reduce oxidative stress and improve brain function, memory, attention and reaction times, as well as slowing or preventing neurological conditions.

Heart health

Inflammation underpins the development of most diseases, such as heart disease. As ashwagandha possesses anti-inflammatory properties, it helps reduce levels of harmful cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Scientists believe ashwagandha supplements may potentially benefit heart health and reduce risk of heart disease.

New Leaf’s Ashwagandha Capsules contain high strength extracts from ashwagandha root, combined with black pepper extract to enhance absorption. Take these supplements daily to improve stress and promote a healthier body and mind. 

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