Nowadays, a fast lifestyle, fatigue and stress are common problems that accompany most of us. Long-term stress can lead to unfavorable changes in our body, as well as many diseases and conditions, including migraines, insomnia and obesity. It is worth knowing effective methods of dealing with it to make our everyday life a little easier. In addition to the already well-known methods (which I wrote about HERE), such as lifestyle changes, physical exertion or relaxation exercises, additional support in the form of adaptogen supplementation may be helpful 🙂
I have mentioned adaptogens more than once (e.g. HERE). These are substances that increase the human body’s resistance to stress, both emotional and physical, as well as fatigue and depression. Adaptogens can normalize the body’s functions by regulating its normal, physiological mechanisms and increasing adaptive (adaptive) abilities in response to unfavorable environmental conditions. Various active ingredients found in adaptogens stimulate the immune system and, through many metabolic pathways, have a positive effect on our health and well-being. Today I would like to introduce you to one of them in more detail.
What is ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as: welcoming lethargic, Indian ginseng or winter cherry, is a plant growing in the form of a small shrub with slightly elongated leaves and orange-red, round fruits. This plant has played a significant role in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Its natural habitat is South-East Asia, but it can also be found in Australia, South Africa and the Canary Islands. The mysterious-sounding name of this plant comes from the words “ashwa” (horse) and “gandha” (smell), which literally translate to the smell of a horse. It is related to the characteristic smell released by its roots. The chemical composition of ashwagandha includes many active compounds, i.e. withanolides, alkaloids, flavonoids and sitoinosides, which exhibit various effects in the functioning of the human body.
What benefits can ashwagandha supplementation bring?
Ashwagandha is known primarily for its own anti-stress, anti-anxiety and calming properties. Studies have shown that its use lowers the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, 5 times, and reduces the level of tribulin in the brain – a protein considered a clinical indicator of anxiety. People exposed to chronic stress also showed less problems with insomnia after using ashwagandha. It is often used in times of mental and nervous tension and in maintaining emotional balance.
This plant may also support the treatment of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. He owes it to his antioxidant properties, protecting the cells of the nervous system against the harmful effects of free radicals and toxins, which in turn can cause dementia or respiratory disorders. Its use improves memory and brain function. For this reason, it is especially valued in people exposed to increased mental effort. Additionally, Vitaferin present in this plant has anti-cancer properties, supporting the destruction of cancer cells and preventing the growth of new ones. Research suggests it may help treat several types of cancer, including: the breast, lung, brain, and ovary.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen often used among athletes that increases the body’s tolerance to exercise and supports muscle regeneration after training. It also helps in gaining muscle mass and increasing muscle strength. It can also be used in people with carbohydrate disorders due to the fact that lowers blood sugar levels and improves insulin sensitivity. Additionally, it was shown that increases the activity of NK cells (Natural Killers)that fight infections and help you stay healthy. It also helps to relieve pain, e.g. in arthritis. It can be used in the treatment of male infertility, playing an important role in the production of sperm, while in women it supports the proper functioning of the reproductive organs.
As you can see, ashwagandha has countless health-promoting properties and is helpful in combating mental and physical fatigue, stress, sleep disorders and anxiety. Showing a broad spectrum of activity, it can be used as a helpful supplement for many people.
If you struggle with the above problems on a daily basis, I recommend trying ashwagandha on yourself. Ekstrakt z Ashwagandha Levann is standardized to 5% withanolides, thanks to which you use its full power in the recommended, safe dose (there is HERE). You can also find ashwagandha extract in ours Energy Levann supplement for special tasks, which provides ingredients as valuable to our body as caffeine and smooth licorice extract (HERE).
If, however, you need additional support in the form of other adaptogens, e.g. ginseng, be sure to try it out Levann vitamin and mineral set, which is selected specifically for the needs of women and men (HERE i HERE). Contraindications to the use of adaptogens are pregnancy and lactation.
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