Revitalize your life with this ancient superherb
Ashwagandha (ash-wah-gan-da) is a powerful healing herb that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. The reason it is so effective for a variety of health conditions is because it is an adaptogenic herb. This means it has the ability to stabilize different processes and pathways in your body to correct imbalances regardless of whether your current levels are too high or too low. This is particularly important for correcting hormonal imbalances. It will also help your cells combat stressors in the future to protect your physical and mental wellbeing.
Here are 3 main health benefits of this wonderful herb:
1. Energy, Stamina & Endurance
Ashwagandha is also known as Indian Ginseng. This is not because the plant is in the same family but rather because of its energizing properties. As such, Ashwagandha can help improve energy, mental alertness and even endurance during long-distance training. In fact in a randomized control trial, Ashwagandha significantly improved cardiorespiratory endurance in elite cyclists.
2. Mood & Stress
Unlike medications for mood and stress, Ashwagandha can simultaneously calm and energize the mind without any side effects or withdrawal. Part of this is through stabilizing excessive cortisol production in the body. Cortisol is our natural stress hormone that is excreted from our adrenal glands. Unfortunately, modern day stressors can cause prolonged elevated cortisol which can lead to weight gain, fatigue, low immunity and disrupted sleep. Therefore, bringing cortisol levels back to a healthy range can greatly improve how much stress you are feeling and help promote a healthy mind and body.
3. Thyroid health & Metabolism
The thyroid is a gland situated on your throat. It produces our thyroid hormones which greatly impacts our metabolism. When the thyroid becomes imbalanced people can experience unexplained weight gain, unexplained weight loss, hair thinning, insomnia, lethargy, anxiety and many more symptoms throughout the body. Ashwagandha has been shown to increase thyroid activity when low and decrease thyroid activity when high. For those struggling with a sluggish metabolic rate, this can be essential for weight loss.
As you can see, Ashwagandha has many amazing properties to enhance vigour, provide energy and reset the hormonal balance of our systems. Instead of reaching for a caffeinated beverage for energy or synthetic compounds for mood stabilization, try this unique herb!
We have several products containing high-grade Ashwagandha extract:
- Pure Encapsulations Anti-fatigue Complex
- Pure Encapsulations Daily Stress Formula
- Pure Encapsulations Energy Xtra
By Rachel Erwin, Health Coach