The first time I heard of Ashwagandha was from one of David Wolfe’s videos. I didn’t pay too much attention to it because I was then more fascinated with his research on goji berries, cacao, and other super foods. Then I was reintroduced to this powerful adaptogenic herb by reading Markus Rothkranz’s amazing “Free Food and Medicine” book, and I was utterly amazed with the tremendous list of benefits it provides.
Wait. What’s an Adaptogenic?
It is a substance that enhances the body’s ability to resist a stressor.
Through much study and research on this herb I’ve found that because of this it can address SO MANY of the health and mental issues rampant in today’s society. The reason being is that many degenerative diseases, as well as premature aging are associated with chronic nervous tension and hormonal irregularities. There is also evidence that suggests it is also a cancer fighter.
Energizing yet soothing?
Forget about that coffee that harms your adrenal glands, ages you quickly and gives you a nasty crash. Ashwagandha provides energy and a rejuvenating lift while at the same time calming and soothing the nerves. How amazing is that?
The exotic herb Ashwagandha is known as the Ginseng of India, yet it’s much more powerful.
Here is the list of benefits I have compiled through many sources (find them at the bottom of this post).
• Improves Thyroid Function (sluggish or overactive)
• Relieves Chronic Stress & Anxiety
• Neural Protector / Protects Brain Cells
• Popular aphrodisiac, increases libido and performance in 75% of men who use it.
• Increases Energy / Reduces Fatigue
• Improves Sleep
• Potential treatment for Alzheimer’s
• Protects Brain from Degeneration
• Stops Internal Bleeding
• Great for Chronic Disease
• Improves Memory
• Great for Insomnia
• Great for Asthma and Respiratory Disorders
• Heals Uterine Infections
• Increases Circulation
• Improves Nutrient Absorption
• Liver and Kidney Tonic
• Clears the Mind
• Strengthens Nerves
• Promotes Restful Sleep
• Lessens Graying of Hair
• Balances Hormones.
Whew! I mean, have you ever seen a list of benefits this extensive and amazing? It’s almost unbelievable, yet the research is there for anyone who would like to look into it. There are different ways of taking this herb. The entire plant is usable, and roots are used to make the famous medicinal powder. I purchased mine online as an organic root powder and will use it in my smoothies.
If you have any thoughts or experience with this herb, please share in the comments below!
May you find peace and the real wealth which is health 🙂
Free Food and Medicine -Worldwide- Edible Plant Guide by Markus Rothkranz
Peer reviewed study on it fighting cancer: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0013536