"Ashwagandha" is Sanskrit for "smell of the horse," which refers to both its unique smell and ability to increase strength.* It is an herb that has been used for over 3,000 years and it is classified as an adaptogen (a term meaning that it can help you control stress).* This herb provides a wide variety of health benefits and we’ll go into further detail concerning some of these benefits and how they can help you.
It Can Reduce Blood Sugar Levels- Several human studies have confirmed its ability to reduce blood sugar levels in both healthy people and those with diabetes.* Additionally, in one four-week study in people with schizophrenia, those treated with ashwagandha had an average reduction in fasting blood sugar levels of 13.5 mg/dL, compared to 4.5 mg/dL in those who received a placebo.*
It May Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety- Several controlled human studies have shown that it can effectively reduce symptoms in people with stress and anxiety disorders as well.* Several controlled human studies have shown that it can effectively reduce symptoms in people with stress and anxiety disorders as well.*
It May Increase the Muscle Mass as well as Strength- In a study to determine a safe and effective dosage for ashwagandha, healthy men who took 750–1,250 mg per day of pulverized ashwagandha root per day gained muscle strength after 30 days.*
These benefits are merely a few of the numerous positive aspects associated with ashwagandha and it is worth giving it a try. As always, please consult your healthcare provider before making any changes to your diet or exercise regiment.
Sources: www.helthline.com, www.pubmed.gov