Why Ashwagandha Might Turn Out To Be The Best Herb You Ever Tried

Ashwagandha” is a Sanskrit word which means “smell of the horse”, which refers to its unique smell and ability to increase strength. The root has a strong aroma that is described as “horse-like.” Botanically called Withania somnifera, it is also known as Winter Cherry and Indian Ginseng. Ashwagandha naturally grows in arid climate which is typical to India, Middle East, and Africa.

Ashwagandha is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda. It has been used for thousands of years to relieve stress, increase energy levels and to improve mental focus and concentration. It is known for rejuvenating mind and body. Extracts from the roots and leaves are used as the herb. It is known to boost immunity and offer rejuvenation against a number of health problems.
Benefits of taking this herb are very large in number. It is helpful for men and women of all ages.


Some people also use ashwagandha for improving thinking ability, decreasing pain and swelling (inflammation), and preventing the effects of aging.
Ashwagandha is applied to the skin for treating wounds, backache, and one-sided paralysis (hemiplegia).

In Ayurveda, Indian, and Unani medicine, ashwagandha is described as “Indian ginseng.” Ashwagandha is also used in traditional African medicine for a variety of ailments.

Don’t confuse ashwagandha with Physalis alkekengi. Both are known as winter cherry.
Ashwagandha has earned a great reputation as a healing herb. It maintains hormonal balance and helps fight age-related illness.


Now that we are familiar with this amazing herb, let’s talk about the wonders it does,
Some of the well-known benefits of Ashwagandha include:

1. Ashwagandha Helps Cope up With Stress:

Cortisol is the main hormone behind stress that leads to anxiety. Cortisol levels may become increased chronically, which may lead to high blood sugar levels and increased fat storage.
Studies on ashwagandha has shown its ever lasting benefits, and it decreases cortisol levels by 27.9 %
It enhances bodily endurance, submit worrying healing of muscle tissue, blood stream to body tissues. It also complements intellectual acumen, reasoning abilities and cognition of people by using modulating various neural pathways.
Although it hasn’t been studied much, a couple of studies suggest ashwagandha may help reduce depression.
In a controlled 60-day study in stressed adults, those who took 600 mg per day reported a 79% reduction in severe depression. At the same time, the placebo group reported a 10% increase .


2. It Can Reduce Cortisol Levels:

Cortisol is known as a “stress hormone” because your adrenal glands release it in response to stress and when your blood sugar levels get too low.
In a controlled study of chronically stressed adults, the group that supplemented with ashwagandha had much greater reductions in cortisol than the control group. The group taking the highest dose had a 30% reduction, on average.
Unfortunately, in some cases, cortisol levels may become chronically raised, which can lead to high blood sugar levels and increased fat storage in the abdomen.Studies have shown that ashwagandha may help reduce cortisol levels.

3. Ashwagandha Improves Your Memory:

This plant provides better mental ability to concentrate, improves reasoning power and memory. Consuming Ashwagandha powder or capsules daily can lead to improved memory. It provides better memory and cognitive development.

4. It Can Reduce Blood Sugar Levels:

In several studies, ashwagandha has been shown to lower blood sugar levels.A test-tube study found that it increased insulin secretion and improved insulin sensitivity in muscle cells .

Several human studies have confirmed its ability to cut blood sugar levels in both healthy people and those with diabetes. In one study in people with schizophrenia, those treated with ashwagandha for 4 weeks had an average reduction in fasting blood sugar levels of 13.5 mg/dL, compared to a 4.5 mg/dL reduction in those who received a placebo.
What’s more, in a small study of 6 people with type 2 diabetes, supplementing with ashwagandha for 30 days lowered fasting blood sugar levels as effectively as an oral diabetes medication.

7. Ashwagandha Has Anti-Cancer Properties:

Animal studies suggest that it may be beneficial for treating several types of cancer, including breast, lung, colon, brain and ovarian cancer.
Animal and test-tube studies have found that ashwagandha helps induce the apoptosis or “programmed cell death” of cancer cells. It also impedes the growth of new cancer cells in several ways .
One of these ways is believed to be the generation of reactive oxygen species(ROS), which are toxic to cancer cells but not normal cells. Another mechanism causes cancer cells to become less resistant to apoptosis.

In one study, mice with ovarian tumors treated with ashwagandha alone or in combination with an anti-cancer drug had a 70–80% reduction in tumor growth. The treatment also prevented metastasis, the spread of cancer to other organs.Although there are no studies to confirm these results in humans yet, the research to date is encouraging.

To Summarize:

By consuming this ancient herb daily, we are blessed with below benefits:
• It May Help Cope With Stress and Anxiety.
• It Can Reduce Blood Sugar Levels.
• This has Anti-Cancer Properties.
• It Can Reduce Cortisol Levels.
• Reduces Symptoms of Depression.
• Stress and anxiety reliever
• Blood sugar level reducer
• Helps in fighting cancer
• Helps in improving memory and brain function

Bhartendu Joshi

Just a guy experiencing the world. A blogger and an amateur guitarist. Instagram

Leave a Comment from Facebook

View Comments

  • Great article Bhartendu. I've heard a lot about Ashwagandha and how it has helped a lot of folks reduce blood sugar levels. I did not know it can also help reduce cortisol levels too.

    • Thank you Max! Ashwagandha is an amazing herb which helps maintain chemical balance in our body.

  • 2 Years ago I tried Ashwagandha and really enjoyed it. I noticed it was the main ingredient on legal "Xanax" online. I had a delivery job and it helped me a lot with my social anxiety and depression. I took it everyday for 3 months and then it lost it's effects on me. I think I should have cycled it, because still to this day when I try it, it doesn't do anything for me. I just started taking twice a day these pills that are a Kratom/CBD mix and so far it is working. Sometimes I take a Kava pill too if I haven't been drinking. My depression makes me forget to eat and drink water and that hurt my body over time. I now include a Multivitamin, Turmeric, Cinnamon and an osteoporosis chewable everyday. I am new to Wordpress and am glad I found your site.

    • Thank you so much for reading the post. Welcome to WordPress. I usually take Himalaya Ashwagandha, I don't know if it is available in your area. Please do stay connected.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*

Latest Posts:

Kandali ka Saag or Kandali ki Sabji Recipe: Garhwali Dish of Uttarakhand

Urtica dioica, commonly known as stinging netter, stinger, Bicchu Ghaas, and Kandali in Kumaon and Garhwal regions of Uttarakhand. It… Read More

Knorr Spinach Dip: The All Time Favorite Recipe

Knorr Spinach Dip is super easy to make. Its a classic recipe from the 1970's. Its so easy and prefect… Read More

Spinach Banana Smoothie: The Healthiest Spinach Smoothie in 5 Minutes

Spinach Banana Smoothie is very healthy for everyone. This recipe does not contain any sugar, salt or honey so this… Read More

Spinach Roasted Moong Dal Recipe: The Best Way to Cook Moong Palak Dal

Moong Palak Dal or Moong Dal with Spinach is quite popular in many different ways across the whole India. It… Read More

Sautéed Spinach Recipe: The Best and Unique Way

Sautéed spinach is a prefect side dish. You can have it with anything. Its healthy, its light, good for your… Read More

Homemade Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe by Shweta Kala

Chips and dips are one of the most popular snacks and party foods today. Everyone loves to eat potato chips… Read More

Enter a Keyword to Search:

We use cookies to serve you better.

Read More