What is ashwagandha? Ashwagandha is a wonder-herb with so many incredible health benefits. The root extract has been used for centuries by eastern Ayurvedic practitioners to help with conditions ranging from stress to insomnia, and from depression to diabetes. Ashwagandha’s botanical name is withania somnifera, latin for sleep-inducing, and it’s also known as Indian ginseng and winter cherry.
Ashwagandha helps to foster and reinforce good health by acting as a protector of the immune system. Ashwagandha’s benefits are numerous and wide-ranging, and it is commonly taken in supplement form in the west to help mitigate symptoms associated with the menopause .
LYMA contains a patented form of this potent and powerful adaptogen: KSM-66 Ashwagandha®. KSM-66 Ashwagandha® is the world’s number one adaptogen and is backed by the most extensive research studies and clinical trials ever conducted. LYMA’s formula contains a highly bioavailable, non-toxic, full spectrum strain of the root extract, retaining all the natural constituents of the herb in the original balance.
So what are the benefits of ashwagandha?
Read on to find out how KSM-66 Ashwagandha® can support your health and boost your wellbeing:
1. Beneficial for mood disorders
Ashwagandha has been used for over 3000 years to help relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Ashwagandha has been shown to block neural pathways in the brain responsible for stress, thereby regulating chemical signalling.
Furthermore, ashwagandha helps to reduce the cortisol levels associated with elevated stress which, if left unchecked, can lead to further health complications. When cortisol levels become extremely high for a prolonged period, you may develop chronic elevation, leading to weight gain and increased blood sugar levels. Ashwagandha can help you to avoid your cortisol levels getting out of control.
Full spectrum, root extracted, KSM-66® Ashwagandha is the most bioavailable form of ashwagandha on the market, and it has been formulated in LYMA at a clinically-backed daily dose of 600mg.
2. Immune boosting
In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is often prescribed to revive and rejuvenate the immune system after a period of illness. This may or may not be related to ashwagandha’s effect on stress: stress is known to weaken the immune system and put your body into ‘fight or flight’ mode, shutting down all but the most basic of survival needs, immune system and digestive system included. Ashwagandha also acts as an antioxidant and to increase cytokine levels, both of which stimulate immune response.
3. Balances blood sugar
Stress and cortisol both play fundamental roles in blood sugar regulation. When cortisol is out of control, your blood sugar levels will be too. This can lead to trouble sleeping, irritability, low mood, trouble concentrating and compromised immunity.
When cortisol is produced and the fight or flight response kicks in, glucose is the first place your body turns to for energy (so that it can run away from its perceived predator). Constant drawing on glucose for energy can destroy your metabolism and insulin resistance can eventually lead to diabetes. However, ashwagandha's anti-stress and anti-cortisol properties can mitigate these effects and can wind back the clock on pre-diabetes.
4. Brain health
Ashwagandha has been shown to reverse Alzheimer’s in mice. Pretty incredible, right? Ashwagandha has extremely potent neuroprotective properties and has been proven to augment cognitive functions ranging from memory and attention, to productivity and focus. Its antioxidant properties also mean that it has the potential to defend the brain against cognitive decline caused by the oxidative stress and free radical damage that happen throughout the course of one’s life.
In one study, healthy men who took 600mg of ashwagandha daily displayed significant improvements in their reaction time and ability to perform a task, compared with men who received a placebo. Furthermore, this same group displayed significantly improved memory, focus and attention.
5. Can help fight hypothyroidism
An underactive thyroid can leave you feeling tired, cold, constipated, depressed, achy and weak. It is a surprisingly common condition, particularly among women. Typically caused by an underlying autoimmune disorder, hypothyroidism can be exacerbated by stress because elevated cortisol levels inhibit the production of thyroid hormones.
Ashwagandha, though, supports the production of thyroid hormones, increasing the amount that are circulating in the blood. Supplementing with 600mg of ashwagandha per day, as formulated in LYMA, can restore thyroid hormone levels to normal in just eight weeks.
Although animal studies into the anti-cancer properties of ashwagandha are promising, there is not yet sufficient evidence to suggest that it may have the same effect on humans. It is encouraging to note, however, that mice with ovarian tumours, and who were treated with ashwagandha, showed a 70–80% reduction in tumour size. Furthermore, tumours were seemingly prevented from spreading to other organs of the mice’s bodies.
Further animal studies suggest that ashwagandha may help to bring about apoptosis (the death of cancer cells), as well as preventing the growth of new cancer cells.
Animal studies suggest that ashwagandha may prove to be an effective treatment for a number of different types of cancer, including breast, lung, colon, brain, and ovarian.
7. Can boost testosterone and fertility in men
Ashwagandha has been shown to have a significant impact on fertility in men; both boosting testosterone levels and improving sperm count.
In one study of men in couples who had been trying, unsuccessfully, to get pregnant, 14% of female partners became pregnant within three months, leading researchers to conclude that ashwagandha improves sperm quality in instances of stress-related male infertility.
8. Fights inflammation
Regular supplementation with ashwagandha can reduce inflammatory markers by up to 70% in otherwise healthy adults. In particular, ashwagandha has been linked with lowering the inflammatory markers specifically linked to heart disease and poor cardiovascular health.
Ashwagandha can also help to prevent and alleviate other issues rooted in inflammation, including arthritis, fatigue, skin diseases, compromised immunity and hormonal imbalances.
9. Can help lower cholesterol
Further heart health benefits come from ashwagandha’s ability to reduce cholesterol and lower triglycerides in the blood.
One study found that daily supplementation with the adaptogen was able to reduce total cholesterol by 53% and slash triglyceride levels by 45%. Results were particularly notable in adults who had reported feeling stressed prior to taking part.
10. Can help to alleviate menopause symptoms
Menopause is triggered when a woman’s ovaries cease production of estrogen, throwing the female body out of balance. Ashwagandha has been used by Ayurvedic practitioners for centuries to restore hormonal balance in perimenopausal women.
Ashwagandha can mitigate the mental stress and anxiety often associated with this chapter of a woman’s life, and can help to regulate levels of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain and body, thereby providing a welcome boost to a woman’s mental health.
One of the most common symptoms of the menopause is menopause insomnia . Ashwagandha contains ‘triethylene glycol’, a compound responsible for transporting sleep signals around the body and brain. Ashwagandha can help to support women’s sleep-wake cycles during this transition period by giving a boost to the endocrine system. The endocrine system is responsible for the production of hormones that regulate reproductive cycles, sleep and mood.
Ashwagandha can also help to alleviate brain fog and reduce cognitive fatigue; both of which are commonly experienced by perimenopausal women.
KSM-66® Ashwagandha is patented and its efficacy is 100% backed by science. It has been shown time and time again to help reduce stress , enhance sleep and lower inflammation in the body and brain . LYMA only uses the best ingredients, and the most effective and efficient delivery systems, to support your health and wellbeing: KSM-66® Ashwagandha is absolutely unrivalled by anything you’ll find on the generic supplement market.
Originally published Oct 8, 2020.