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Ashwagandha – One of the most important herbs in Ayurveda

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Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India.Its main goal is to promote good health, not fight disease.

One of the most important herbs in Ayurveda is Ashwagandha, a small evergreen shrub that grows in India, the Middle East and parts of Africa. In Ayurveda Ashwagandha has been used for a wide variety of conditions. These traditional uses for Ashwagandha include:

  • combatting stress
  • increasing hormonal balance e.g. during menopause
  • promoting better brain function and focus
  • helping the body to perform better physically

KSM-66 ashwagandha root extract is the highest concentration full spectrum ashwagandha on the market.  At New Leaf we have a number of supplements which contain this extract. Ashwagandha is perhaps best known for its ability to reduce stress. It’s classified as an adaptogen, a substance that is believed to help the body cope with stress.

Stress is unavoidable in modern life but there are small changes that we can make to help navigate pressure periods and to look after our physical and mental health. Balancing our time between work and play can have very positive effects on stress levels. Fuelling our bodies and minds with nutrient rich antioxidant foods can protect each cell in our body from oxidative stress and support immunity. Other ways to alleviate stress could be mediation, swimming or cycling, or simply walking the dog.

Exercising regularly can help build muscle strength and stamina, and keep our stress levels down, which will also contribute to producing healthy sperm in men. Ashwagandha supplements may also be a good way to support testosterone levels, normal fertility and reproduction.

Ashwagandha may be a useful supplement for people with a wide range of issues.