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Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng, is a very commonly used ingredient in Ayurvedic medicines. While there are several studies talking about the multifold health benefits of the herb, recent studies indicate why ashwagandha might just be a magical herb for women of all ages. In fact, upon regular consumption, it is known to show positive results for our mental as well as physical health.
But just what all can ashwagandha for women’s health? Well, read on…
1. Ashwagandha helps in weight loss
If your weight gain is stress driven, then ashwagandha is here for you. According to a study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative medicine, this herb helps in managing stress by reducing psychological and physiological markers of stress, serum cortisol level, and food cravings. This in turn improves eating habits and paves the road for weight loss.
2. It acts as a sexual stimulant
The herb is known for providing relieve from mental stress and inducing a good mood. This increases the blood flow and helps in enhancing your sexual potency.
Also touted as an aphrodisiac, a study published in the Natural Medicine Journal suggests that it can improve sexual-dysfunction in women and can help them achieve orgasms.
3. It’s a one-stop solution to all your hair problems
We love our hair and stress is the major reasons for hair loss. So, regular consumption of ashwagandha can help alleviate your stress, helping you say goodbye to massive hair loss.
Not only that but Ashwagandha hair oils and shampoos have proven to be a great treatment for dry scalp and dandruff. The herb also prevents melanin loss which can save you from the premature greying of your beautiful hair without having to retort to chemicals.
4. The root of the herb has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties
Many studies suggest that ashwagandha can also help with vaginal infections, thanks to its antimicrobial properties. In fact, Ayurvedic practitioners suggest use of the herb for yeast infections.
5. Helps regulate blood sugar levels
Women are more prone to diabetes because of their physiological structure. Diabetes affects them due to hormonal imbalances, added burden of hormonal fluctuation related to the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and PCOD—amongst other things. Ashwagandha reduces sugar cravings and help controlling the body sugar levels.
6. It can help a great deal with menopause symptoms
If someone you know is suffering at the hands of menopause, then ashwagandha can help them out. Studies suggest that this herb can help control hormonal fluctuations during menopause, since it works on the endocrine system—thus offering relief from symptoms like mood swings and hot flashes.
Should you jump onto the ashwagandha bandwagon?
Even though it is popularly believed that Ayurvedic remedies don’t have any side effects, they do have some contradictions. For instance, if you are pregnant/lactating, have recently undergone a surgery, are suffering from respiratory issues, and/or take sedatives—then ashwagandha is not for you.
Before jumping onto any dietary supplementation, do check with your physician once.