• Shanelle Butler

Benefits of ashwagandha for hormone health

A herb that has been in use since ancient times, ashwagandha benefits your health, both physically and mentally, to relieve stress and anxiety.

Herbs have been used since ancient times to treat and balance health. Ashwagandha is an herb with a long history as an “adaptogen.” Adaptogens help the body respond to stress. Ashwagandha is known to reduce cortisol, enhance brain function, and lower blood sugar levels. All of the benefits that it offers are extremely helpful for hormone health. Herbalist have found it very beneficial as it calms and energizes, has benefits for autoimmune and inflammation and has specific thyroid-enhancing effects. However, if you are sensitive to the nightshade family such as, tomatoes, eggplant and potatoes, approach ashwaganda with caution.


Here are some benefits of ashwagandha:

● It helps in reducing blood sugar levels:

Several studies showcase ashwagandha’s ability to reduce and balance blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels are extremely unhealthy and lead to a cascade of imbalance. Ashwagandha works on the insulin secretion and sensitivity and balances blood sugar levels. I find that by using ashwagandha my sugar cravings decrease significantly.[1]


● Reduces Cortisol Level:

For those struggling with chronic stress, chronic illness, stress, anxiety, and even depression, Ashwagandha may be able to help. In studies, ashwagandha balances cortisol levels under various stress conditions[2].


● Helps reduce anxiety and depression:

According to studies, this herb blocks the stress pathways in the brain, through the regulation of neurotransmitters. As it also reduces cortisol, Ashwagandha can keep adrenal stress at bay. The studies have been done on both animals and humans and have shown positive results for reducing anxiety and stress.[3]


● Boosts Testosterone:

A 2010 scientific study published by the American Center for Reproductive Medicine indicated that Ashwagandha plays an important role as an aphrodisiac while also improving semen quality by increasing sperm count and sperm mobility.[4] Ashwaganda is commonly used to boost libido.

● Reduces Inflammation:

Ashwagandha helps in decreasing inflammation. A raised level of inflammation is a major sign of hormonal imbalance, and studies show that this herb can reduce it. Thus, it controls your inflammation levels and boosts your hormone health too.


Ashwagandha has a bunch of health benefits, is easy to find in most health food stores, and is cost-effective. It is great for stress management and ideal for boosting testosterone levels. If you think you might need it for anxiety, depression, or stress management, then you can consult your doctor for the dosage you can take per day and start using this herb! It is magical!


I am a testament to this root, I found in times of work overload and stress this herb has help to keep me on level ground.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2695282/


[2] https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02864860


[3] https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0944-7113(00)80030-6


[4] https://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(09)01014-0/fulltext

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