In this article, I’ll be going to talk about the many benefits of ashwagandha and how you can use it to improve your adrenal health, Thyroid health, brain health, and a whole lot more. And I’ll tell you what, ashwagandha from a Clinical perspective.
This is a famed herb. Now, it’s more of a shrub/root that is used with ashwagandha and, again, typically grown in India, but it is built in other places in the world as well. And really, what makes it so powerful is ashwagandha acts as an adaptogen, okay? So again, in Ayurvedic medicine, they call it an adaptogenic herb, which means it doesn’t cause your body to do one thing or another.
It helps bring your body back into balance. Here’s an incredible thing. You know, there are studies on patients with thyroid issues or other health conditions, like high cortisol, and they found that patients with elevated cortisol when they took ashwagandha, it helped lower the cortisol. When patients had low cortisol, it helped raise the cortisol.
So that the incredible thing about adaptogens, especially ashwagandha, is it helps bring your body back into balance, and part of the reason is it contains a unique set of compounds called alkaloids. And alkaloids have various effects on the body, especially helping balance hormones and support neurological health and tissue.
Now, another incredible thing here, it’s often referred to as Indian ginseng because of its ability to support libido in sexual health there as well. We know ginseng in Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine was really shown to improve overall energy and chi levels in the body, so again, great for stamina, extraordinary stress-relieving properties.
Now, the other big thing, if you go to India today, they’ll drink something, as well here, called ashwagandha tea as well as tulsi tea. And these types of teas are known to extend life. That’s actually why ashwagandha ranks in the top three herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine, and those herbs, all of them have the same thing in common. They extend life. They make your life longer, more full, help with anti-ageing.
Top 6 Benefits of Ashwagandha
So let’s talk about some of the specific benefits of ashwagandha, especially in terms of clinical studies.
1. Increase Stamina and Endurance
It’s been shown to increase stamina and endurance. This is great for athletes, you know, especially if you have a runner or a triathlete, or let’s say a swimmer or a CrossFit athlete. Anybody who’s out there doing any exercise, ashwagandha promotes recovery as well as stamina and endurance. You know, another adaptogenic herb I love to do in combination with ashwagandha for athletes would be Rhodiola Rosea, or also ginseng is another one that’s great to do besides.
2. Reduces Anxiety.
You know, the number of people today that struggle with chronic anxiety due to emotional stress is high. Here’s the great thing. Ashwagandha works to reduce stress levels reduce cortisol levels, which relieves tension and can relieve even conditions like depression and just sort of those emotional feelings of being overwhelmed. If you’re a person that feels anxiety or feels overwhelmed all the time, ashwagandha is one of the top herbs you want to be regularly taking. Now, along with ashwagandha, I’d say another thing to do also would be lavender oil or chamomile can also relieve anxiety.
There was an incredible medical study where they found that ashwagandha, when people had TSH levels that were too high, helped bring it down. And when their TSH levels, TSH stands for thyroid-stimulating hormone, when it was too low, it helped bring it up. That’s the incredible thing about ashwagandha, these adaptogenic herbs; they bring your body back into balance. So whether you have hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, Graves’ disease, hyperthyroidism, or even. Maybe you don’t know you have a thyroid problem, but you’ve got thinner hair than you want, and you tend to hold on to body fat more than you want or you have cold extremities. Those are all warning signs you could have thyroid issues. Ashwagandha helps the thyroid.
It also helps the adrenals. It’s my number one herb for adrenal fatigue. If you have adrenal issues or thyroid issues, ashwagandha is the absolute best.
5. Improves Your Mood
It improves your mood. Again, so many people today struggle with depression, struggle with exhaustion, and just having too much going on in life. Ashwagandha is excellent, working as a natural antidepressant.
6. Brain Health
It benefits brain health. Whether we’re talking about Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, ADHD in children, and a whole lot more, ashwagandha is an excellent herb because of how it balances out hormones. Listen, the number of conditions we have today that are caused by hormone balance, notably cortisol and insulin.
So that’s another great thing. It’s good for diabetes, but doing ashwagandha because of its great benefits on both cortisol and insulin is tremendous. So again, if somebody has a brain issue or even. Let’s say, you know, you have a job where you need to focus and concentrate, or you’re a student.
Ashwagandha is excellent for improving memory, focus, concentration, and supporting brain health as well. You know, I’d also say using ashwagandha as part of a ketogenic diet, paleo diet, or GAPS diet can reap tremendous benefits as well.
How to Use
Now, here’s how to use ashwagandha. Supplement with 500 mg one to two times daily, doing it along with a diet that’s high in healthy fats, protein, and fiber as well as other herbs and antioxidants as well as removing processed, conventional grains like white flour and wheat flour products and eliminating excess sugar from your diet. So again, ashwagandha is useful, no matter what your foods. But still, if you want to get the best results for healing your thyroid, healing your adrenal glands, healing your brain, and improving your mood, doing ashwagandha plus a diet that high in wild, grass-fed meat and lots of vegetables and berries and things like that, that’s going to help you reach your absolute best. So look at these fantastic benefits. Increases stamina and endurance, reduces anxiety, benefits the thyroid, benefits mood, benefits brain health, benefits your adrenal glands. I’ll also tell you it helps reproductive health, people with PCOS especially, that polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PMS or menopause. Any type of hormonal issues both in men and women, ashwagandha is a go-to herb in Ayurvedic medicine.