What is Ashwagandha and why is it good for you?
Ashwagandha (pronounced ash-wuh-gan-duh) and also known as Indian Ginseng, is a herb that is part of a family of plants called adaptogens. Adaptogens are so-called because they help your body functionally adapt when it is under intense physical or mental stress by improving your resistance to stress, as well as your ability to perform. Ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years in traditional and Ayurvedic medicine throughout India, North Africa, and the Middle East. It has recently become more mainstream because of its proven multiple health benefits. 
Here are 5 benefits of ashwagandha that are supported by science.
1. Reduce stress and anxiety
Ashwagandha is best known for its ability to reduce stress. In both animal and human studies, ashwagandha has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety when consumed and also reduce symptoms in those with disorders.  A study of 64 people reported a 69% reduction in anxiety and insomnia in those who supplemented with ashwagandha compared with 11% in the placebo group. 
2. Improve muscle recovery
As an adaptogen, ashwagandha enhances the internal mechanisms your body uses to help your body adapt to stress i.e speeding up muscle growth and reducing lactic acid. Also studies have shown that ashwagandha supplementation is associated with significant increases in muscle mass and strength in males. 
3. Decrease harmful inflammation
In studies, ashwagandha has been shown to increase antioxidant activity which helps to inhibit pro-inflammatory molecules. 
4. Reduce blood sugar levels
Limited evidence suggests that ashwagandha reduces blood sugar levels through its effects on insulin secretion and sensitivity. 
5. May improve brain function, including memory
Ashwagandha promotes antioxidant activity that protects nerve cells from harmful free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food or when you're exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation. Studies suggest it may mitigate brain function and memory problems caused by injury or disease. [7-8]
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