Ashwagandha, a small, flowering shrub native to south-east Asia, has been used in Indian natural-healing for thousands of years. This ancient, medicinal herb is traditionally used to relieve stress, improve mental function and increase energy.
Other research-proven benefits that Ashwagandha may have include:
- Reducing symptoms of depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other metal conditions.
- Reducing blood sugar and fat levels.
- Reducing inflammation.
- Improving sleep, memory and brain function (including performance on congnitive tasks).
- Boosting testosterone and fertility in men.
Ashwagandha and Muscle-Building and Strength
Ashwagandha has been shown in research that it may help improve muscle strength, speed, size and power. It also showed promise in reducing body-fat and cholesterol levels.
In some studies it also showed a reduction in body-fat percentage after a workout, and decreased muscle damage.
Ashwagandha, Mental Function and Heart Health
Ashwagandha has also shown it may help sharpen focus, memory and reaction time. It may also help lengthen attention span.
Other research has shown Ashwagandha may increase VO2 max levels, which is maximum oxygen intake during exercise. It indicates Ashwagandha may help improve health health and cardiovascular fitness and endurance.