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Ashwagandha is also known as the "Winter Cherry." It is a potent, exotic Indian herb dating back more than 3000 years. The herb is an adaptogenic medicinal herb (a combination of vitamins, herbs, and amino acids) that contains chemical properties well known for stress relief and boosting the immune system. The herb has also shown incredible results in some conditions, including insomnia, respiratory disorders, male infertility or impotence, and arthritic inflammation. Ashwagandha is quite popular in Ayurvedic medicine and contains numerous medicinal components, such as choline, amino acids, fatty acids, alkaloids, and different sugars.
Ashwagandha as an immune system booster: ashwagandha is a proven immune modulator and also possesses anti-malarial properties. Research has shown that, due to its potent antioxidant properties, ashwagandha helps protect immune cells and maintain their activity even when exposed to chemicals or agents that would otherwise inhibit their normal function. The immune cells can seek out free radicals implicated in numerous disease states.
Ashwagandha for stress relief: adaptogens play a significant role in modulating the body’s reaction to stress. They allow the body to not only adapt but also cope with both external and internal stress. Ashwagandha supports the adrenal function by causing the endocrine and adrenal glands to release cortisol and adrenaline; chemicals responsible for overcoming chronic stress and adrenal fatigue.
Scientific studies also found out that ashwagandha helps enhance mental performance by protecting brain cells from deleterious effects of modern lifestyles. It contains glycowithanolides (active phytochemicals) that aids muscle relaxation and hence acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. It is also considered India’s most potent sex-enhancing agent. It improves sexual desire in both men and women while increasing potency and libido. Recent studies revealed that, due to its ability to regulate the growth of cancerous tumours, it has great potential to prevent or even treat cancer.