Ashwagandha and Heart Health
The herb can help support a healthy heart. Research suggests that it can reduce LDL cholesterol levels (aka the “bad” cholesterol). LDL cholesterol contributes to the build-up of fatty stores in arteries. Ashwagandha may also lower triglycerides and improve blood pressure.
That being said, if you’re currently on medication for your heart function, it’s best to consult with a doctor before changing or adding to your routine.
Ashwagandha and Brain Health
Any stress you experience, especially long-term, can seriously damage your brain. Age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia have been connected to chronic stress.
Ashwagandha can protect your brain from degeneration and reduce anxiety.
Over 3 million in the US alone have been diagnosed with depression. Depression is also impacted by stress hormone levels in the body, Ashwagandha can support depression treatment by subsequently reducing those levels.
Ashwagandha may also increase hemoglobin levels, which are the red blood cells that deliver oxygen through the body. Improving this function means more efficient oxygen transfer, increased energy and overall well-being. VO2 levels are key to enhancing physical performance.
Ashwagandha and Blood Sugar
Ashwagandha may help balance blood sugar levels. Unregulated or high blood sugar can lead to life-long conditions from heart disease to nerve problems. In human studies, Ashwagandha supplementation has been shown to be sufficient for lowering blood glucose.
Ashwagandha and Infertility
One of the most well-known benefits of Ashwagandha is its impact on fertility. Supplementation can help treat fertility in both men and women. One study found that adding this herb into a daily routine could increase fertility by 15% in men.