It’s hard to keep up with the latest superfood crazes trending within the world of nutrition, especially when they come with names like Ashwagandha. Ashwa-what, I hear you say!
Good news is that it’s amazing health benefits and what it can do to the body happen to be less complicated than it’s pronunciation.
Ashwagandha root powder is a powerful herb that goes way back through to the ancient times, where it was most commonly used for it’s restorative benefits. Ashwagandha, meaning ‘the smell of horse’ in Sanskrit, earned it’s name – you’ve guessed it, by the root of the plant having the strong scent of a stallion. However, don’t let that put you off though, it’s excellent health benefits and ability to protect the body, both from the inside and out, sure make up for it.
WHAT IS IT THOUGH?
Ashwagandha root powder is simply the powder dried from the root of the plant. Nutriseed undergo a careful process of grinding the plant down to a semi-fine texture, making sure that all of it’s nutritional goodness is still intact and not an ounce destroyed.
Protects the immune system
When it comes to maintaining an energetic and healthy appearance, we know that in order for us to feel exceptionally good on the outside, a lot of work has to be done inside first. With that in mind, scientific studies have been known to support the impressive healing ability that Ashwagandha has to not only help relaxation, but also work to protect brain cells against modern day stressors. The less daily stressors you have, the stronger your nervous system will be in order to do it’s amazing job fighting off any stress-related illnesses.
James Green, Founder of Nutriseed.co.uk said, “Ashwagandha has been highly praised for its ability to boost the immune system; by contributing to increased white blood cell production, the herb can help to ward off infection and unwanted illnesses.”
Reduce levels of anxiety and depression
The root of the Ashwagandha plant is harvested and used to treat a variety of medical conditions by it’s calming, sedative and relaxing effects. This robust superfood can ease symptoms such as stress and fatigue that are commonly linked to mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression. In fact, using ashwagandha as a herbal remedy for medication is a natural solution to help treat levels of anxiety and depression. Unlike prescription anti-depressants like Prozac, Ashwagandha is taken from it’s natural state, directly from the earth, with far little manufacturing than factory made medication.
James says Ashwangdha, “has proved extremely popular is for Its adaptogenic properties, which help to control stress from the changing environment, helping you to cope with anxiety, and perform at your very best.”
Enhances energy levels
We know that Ashwagandha has a super relaxing stimulant effect on our body, however this also contributes to powerful cognitive functioning. This plant-based powder is rich in antioxidants that repel free radicals from preventing any damage occurring to our brain cells. Rest assure that this mighty superfood is defiantly looking after your health and wellbeing.
How to enjoy it
There are many ways to consume Ashwangdha into your healthy balanced diet, ways that unlike most superfoods – spirulina cough cough, are actually enjoyable too! The nutritional experts from Nutriseed suggest making a healthy tea by stirring a teaspoon into hot water for a good morning boost or later on during the evening to stimulate the metabolism throughout the night. Sprinkling a teaspoon over your cereal or porridge sure goes down a treat, or a healthy alternative to satisfy sweet cravings, simply add to your smoothie with almond milk and raw cacao powder.
Where can I get it?
Ashwagandha can be bought in health stores but Nutriseed’s organic, vegan friendly and gluten free Ashwagandha root powder is a favourite of ours and can be bought from nutriseed.co.uk, prices starting from as little as £1.99!
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