Ashwagandha is also known as Indian Ginseng or winter cherry which is an herb extensively used as Ayurvedic medicines for thousand years. In the countries of India and Africa, ashwagandha has been used since ancient times to treat a wide variety of health conditions. It is most commonly known for its restorative and rejuvenating benefits. The literal meaning of ashwagandha in Sanskrit is “the smell of a horse” which states its property. Moreover, recent studies have demonstrated the medical benefits of consumption and how it can also play an important role to reduce center types of cancer cell growth in humans. It is an intelligent herb which can serve various purposes from calming down the anxious person to help boost energy and stamina.

According to the research reports and studies, it has been indicated that the primary health benefits of Ashwagandha are limited to its root. Here is a list of ashwagandha benefits, any individual can experience with controlled dosage:

a. Protects the brain

Ashwagandha is considered to have powerful antioxidant properties that help to protect the brain and nervous system. It is considered as one of the major life changing benefits. In addition, it may also help alleviate depression. However, the scientists are still concentrating on their research and therefore one cannot conclude positively about it.

b. Reduces cortisol level

Cortisol is a type of stress hormone which is released by adrenal glands in response to stress or when the blood sugar level gets too low. Increased level of such hormone in the human body has high chances of causing high sugar level and increased fat storage in the abdomen.

According to the research report, chronically stressed adults who have supplemented with ashwagandha had experience significant greater reduction in their cortisol level.

c. Prevent the growth of cancer cells

Ashwagandha has been shown to disrupt cancer cells ability to effectively reproduce. The anti-angiogenic property of the herb helps to prevent cancer cell formation in new blood vessels that support its growth. According to some research reports, ashwagandha is concluded to reduce cancer growth while enhancing the immunity system. In addition, controlled use of this herb may also the sensitivity of the apoptotic signaling that helps in the natural regulation of cancer cell in the human body.

d. Reduces blood sugar level

Ashwagandha can help regulate or lower down the increased sugar level in human body. It thoroughly effects on insulin secretion and sensitivity, which enables it to reduce blood sugar levels in both healthy as well as a diabetic person.

e. Help enhance sexual health

From ancient time, ashwagandha is being used to boost sexual health and is being considered as herbal Viagra. Stress is considered as one of the major factors which result in erectile dysfunction or decreased testosterone level. With regular consumption of ashwagandha, one can easily lower down their stress level. Moreover, ashwagandha also helps treat the health issues related to the thyroid and adrenal glands which have a direct impact on the sexual vitality.

Being a herbal supplement, no such cases have been found stating ashwagandha side effects. However, one must consult an expert and should take controlled dosage to experience the best positive results for a good health.

Author's Bio: 

Success Coach, Business Development Consultant, Strategist,Blogger, Traveller, Motivational Writer & Speaker