Benefits of Ashwagandha Medicinal Plant
Benefits of Ashwagandha – Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a perennial herb of the Solanaceae family native to India that thrives in warm climates.Due to its similar chemical composition to Indian ginseng, Ashwagandha is known for its adaptogenic properties
There are many medicinal uses for Ashwagandha, including treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, and nervousness.
Uses of Ashwagandha
Antioxidants – An antioxidant is a molecule that protects cells from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Free radicals are stable oxygen-containing molecules that cause cell damage. There are many chronic diseases that are linked to oxidative stress, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s diseases.
Anti-inflammatory – The immune system normally reacts to harmful stimuli with inflammation. However, excessive inflammation can lead to serious health problems, such as asthma, allergies, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Neuroprotective – In neuroscience, neuroprotection refers to the protection of neurons against injury or degeneration. Neurons transmit information throughout the brain and spinal cord. When neurons are exposed to toxins, radiation, or pathogens, they can die and result in neurological disorders.
Cardioprotective – Myocardial infarction is a condition in which the heart muscle dies as a result of prolonged lack of blood flow. The heart muscle is highly susceptible to damage due to ischemia, or inadequate blood supply
Antidepressant – Depression is characterized by sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, guilt, anger, agitation, and/or decreased interest in activities. Around 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression.
Ashwagandha is helpful in: –
Anxiety/Depression – Shatavari, the active compound in Ashwagandha, is believed to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms; Ashwagandha reduces depression symptoms effectively.
Insomnia – Ashwagandha extracts improved sleep quality and reduced daytime sleepiness.
Nervous System – Ashwagandha may relieve tension, anxiety, and stress by affecting the central nervous system.Ashwagandha appears to have anti-anxiety properties because it regulates mood and behavior.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties – Several studies suggest that Ashwagandha may have anti-inflammatory properties. Ashwaganda’s anti-inflammatory properties may be attributed to its flavonoids. Free radicals cause inflammation in the body. Flavonoids help protect cells from free radical damage.