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The Powers of Ashwagandha

7 Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb meaning that it can help your body manage stress. This herb provides a variety of benefits for your brain and body. Following are eight benefits you can enjoy when you include it in your diet:

1) It Can Reduce Blood Sugar Levels

Studies have shown it can reduce blood sugar levels and improve insulin levels in muscle cells. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25796090)

2) It Has Anti-Cancer Properties

Studies with animals showed that it can improve apoptosis, which means the death of cancer cells.(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24046237)

3) It Can Reduce Cortisol Levels

One study with chronically stressed adults found that those who supplemented with ashwagandha had significantly greater reductions in cortisol, compared to the control group. Those taking the highest dose had a 30% reduction. (https://blog.priceplow.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/withania_review.pdf)

4) It May Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety

One study found that in 64 people with chronic stress, those in the supplemental group reported a 69% average reduction in anxiety and insomnia, compared to 11% in the placebo group.(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23439798)

5) Reduces Symptoms of Depression

One study with 64 stressed adults, those who took 600 mg of ashwagandha per day reported a 79% reduction in severe depression, while the placebo group reported a 10% increase. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23439798)

6) It Can Boost Testosterone and Increase Fertility in Men

One study with 75 infertile men treated with ashwagandha showed increased sperm count and motility. It also led to a significant increase in testosterone levels. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19501822)

7) It May Increase Muscle Mass and Strength

One study determined that healthy men who took 750–1,250 mg of ashwagandha per day gained muscle strength after 30 days. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23125505)

 

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GINGER HELPER

  • 1 cup carrot juice (5–7 carrots)
  • 1 rib celery with leaves
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1-inch chunk ginger root

Juice all ingredients, stir, and enjoy! Serves 1.

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