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Health effects of consuming Ashwagandha

Here are some of the health benefits of consuming Ashwagandha.

By Cookist

Read on to know how consuming Ashwagandha can impact your health!

Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb that is consumed ever since 6000 B.C. to relieve various health conditions. All parts of this plant including leaves, seeds, fruits, roots, and shoots are used in traditional medicines. It contains various active compounds that not only benefit our health but also boost day to day activity. Here are some of the health benefits of consuming Ashwagandha.

For thyroid imbalance


It contains many phytochemicals including saponins, steroids, and alkaloids to assist in hormone synthesis and subtly increase the thyroxine levels in our body.

For mental health

Consuming Ashwagandha is associated with decreased stress and prevention of depression, schizophrenia, and age-related brain disorders.

Reduces inflammation


Ashwagandha can effectively lower inflammation and prevent gastric ulcers, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s disorder. It can even reverse neurotic atrophy and prevent arthritis, constipation, skin disorders, goiter, swelling, pimples, piles, boils, and colic.

Combats anxiety

Ashwagandha helps to lower down the anxiety and prevent panic attacks because of the presence of a high amount of cortisol and adrenalin. It also acts as a mild tranquilizer and an anti-depressant.

Treats diabetes


The root and leaf extract of Ashwagandha offers anti-diabetic benefits. This is because of the presence of flavonoids in this herb that is beneficial to improve insulin sensitivity and prevent diabetes.


Traditionally, Ashwagandha has been used as an aphrodisiac to treat male infertility and increase libido, sperm concentration, sperm mortality, and semen volume.

To enhance beauty


Ashwagandha can benefit from acne and alopecia.

Increases strength

Ashwagandha acts as an adaptogen that shields our body against extreme conditions including physical, mental, or chemical stress. It improves endurance as it boosts testosterone levels in our body.

Prevents cancer


Like most of the Ayurvedic medicines, Ashwagandha also offers anti-cancer benefits and helps to both manage and prevent cancer of breast, prostate, colon, lung, skin, cervical, and liver.

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