Spotlight on Ashwagandha: India’s Restorative Superherb

In the past few years, we have seen the advent of superfoods like broccolini and kale, but 2016 is definitely the year of the superherb. Not only do these plants supply your body vital nutrition, but they also boost your immune system and help your body cope with stress. Ashwagandha, in particular, is a very effective superherb that we can spend all day singing praises about.

Ashwagandha: India’s Panacea for Malaise

Ashwagandha, which is a shrub-like plant that produces small red fruits, is considered one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing. Its leaves and fruit are more potent than its roots, but each component of the plant can be used as a remedy.

This superherb’s benefits have been known for centuries in India but the Western world is just catching on to this treasure and what it does for our health. According to the Chopra Center, an authority on Ayurvedic health, ashwagandha’s alternate name is “Indian ginseng” because of its restorative powers. It is most commonly used to cultivate stamina after an illness.

Studies are still being conducted on its many benefits, but here is just a few positive effects ashwagandha has had on its subjects:

  • Provides side-effect-free relief from depression and anxiety.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Contains adaptogens that help people cope with stressors.
  • Increases concentration and reaction time.
  • Regulates blood sugar.

There is so much more to this amazing superherb that a whole book could be written about it. If you are interested in finding a new way to cope with stress and increase your energy levels, ashwagandha could be the next superherb for you to try!

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