Ashwagandha has many benefits for those seeking relief from stress, anxiety, balancing hormones and blood sugar, and healthy thyroid function.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen herb. In other words, it balances out a system that may have an imbalance. What makes an adaptogen herb unique is that it will not effect other systems while balancing out one system.
Adaptogen herbs are amazing in many ways. Above all, Ashwagandha helps support and balance the adrenal glands. Adrenals are glands in the endocrine system that are responsible for releasing hormones in response to stress. When we “stress out” our body reacts in a fight or flight way. If we are in a state of stress overload our adrenal glands can become exhausted. This even effects other hormones in our system such as progesterone, which can effect fertility. Also, stress can lower the production of the hormone DHEA. This can effect longevity and keeping a strong and healthy body. Adrenal fatigue is becoming more and more common in today’s society. Stress can weaken our immune system and cause inflammation.
Not only does Ashwagandha help people combat anxiety, chronic stress, and help balance hormones, but it can also be helpful for people dealing with depression. Because it physically improves resistance towards stress, it thereby improves a person’s emotional response. Studies have shown Ashwagandha works as a mood stabilizer in people with clinical depression, helping them have a more positive outlook on life.
One of the best attributes of adaptogen herbs are that they help people with thyroid problems. Ashwagandha has been shown to support a sluggish thyroid in people with an under-active thyroid or Hashimoto’s Disease. Ashwagandha increases thyroid function so wouldn’t be appropriate for people with an over active thyroid or Grave’s disease.
Ashwagandha has been found to have anti-diabetic effects. It is helpful in improving insulin sensitivity and reducing inflammation. It can also reduce blood sugar levels in both healthy people and diabetics.
Adaptogens are beneficial herbs. By helping to promote an environment in our body that can easily manage normal stress responses in a way that’s healthier, we can feel good and live our best life!
To support and maintain a healthy body, Ashwagandha can be found in our Everyday Herbs blend.