Are you stressed?
Do you feel anxious?
Is your life so full you can barely cope?
This superfood powder may just be the answer you are looking for…
Ashwagandha has been used for over 3,000 years to relieve stress, increase energy levels and improve concentration. For me as a Nutritionist, one of the things I love about this superfood powder, is its ability to give strength! When I take it, I feel instantly different and I love the feeling that it gives.
So, what is it?
The ashwagandha plant is a small shrub with yellow flowers that’s native to India and North Africa. Extracts or powder from the plant’s root or leaves are used to treat a variety of conditions. Many of its health benefits are attributed to its high concentration of withanolides, which have been shown to fight inflammation and tumour growth. It’s also really useful when trying to lower or balance blood sugar levels. I have treated many clients with type 2 diabetes that have seen great improvements once they start using Ashwagandha.
In many studies it has been found that withaferin (a compound found in ashwagandha) helps induce apoptosis, which is the programmed death of cancer cells. It also impedes the growth of new cancer cells in several ways. First, withaferin is believed to promote the formation of reactive oxygen species inside cancer cells, disrupting their function. Second, it may cause cancer cells to become less resistant to apoptosis. These tests have been linked to helping breast, lung, colon, brain, and ovarian cancer.
When we are stressed our body goes into this flight or fight mode and starts pumping out cortisol. Cortisol is known as a stress hormone given that your adrenal glands release it in response to stress, as well as when your blood sugar levels get too low. Unfortunately, in some cases, cortisol levels may become chronically elevated, which can lead to high blood sugar levels and increased fat storage in the abdomen. Ashwagandha is perhaps best known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety disorders, therefore helping to reduce the damaging long-term effects of excess cortisol.