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Ashwagandha, a small shrub with yellow flowers and a red fruit, is native to India, North Africa, and the Middle East where it has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. The extract (the herb) is taken from the berries and the roots. Ashwagandha (Sanskrit – Horse’s Fragrance) traditionally was consumed to gain strength and vitality like that of a horse. Today it is popularly known as an adaptogenic herb that helps bring body into balance.
Listed are five health benefits of consuming Ashwangandha -
1. Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Ashwaghandha helps inhibit high level of cortisol, working almost like a tranquilizer helping relive stress.
2. Alleviating arthritis pain
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps relieve pain mostly felt by patients of arthritis.
3. Lowers Cholesterol
In one study, Ashwagandha was found to lower LDL cholesterol by 6%, and total cholesterol by 10% in 30 days. Because of its anti-clotting property it helps in overall protection of heart.
4. Beauty benefits
It stimuluates DHEA and the production of natural skin oils. Many people use Ashwagandha as a toner with dried ginger and lemon.
5. Reduces Liver Damage
It restores natural antioxidants in the body to help balance thyroid hormones for improved functioning of the liver.
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