WHAT IS ASHWAGANDHA GOOD FOR AND WHAT EXACTLY DOES THE POWDER DO?
Ashwagandha, sleeping berry root or also known as winter cherry (Withania somnifera), is a plant species from the nightshade family and is most commonly used as a medicinal product in Ayurvedic medicine. Ashwagandha is one of the adaptogens (Adaptogen is one alternative medicine Term for biologically active plant substances that are intended to help the organism to increase physical and emotional stress stressful situations to adjust). These plants increase the body's resistance to stress and normalize many bodily functions.
- promotes inner peace and serenity
- improves thyroid function
- relieves anxiety and panic attacks (also used for depression)
- promotes the immune system
- lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels
- helps with gall and liver problems
- has an anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effect
- fights infections
- is pain and fever reducing
- regulates the hormone balance (mood swings)
- testosterone levels may increase in men (fertility)
- helps with kidney and liver problems
- promotes bone formation
- reduces brain cell degeneration
- has a preventive effect in the treatment of cancer
- increases endurance and resilience
- is sleep-inducing
- increases performance and energy
- promotes muscle regeneration
Admittedly, adaptogens are natural Dietary supplements, however, do not and should not replace a balanced diet not dosed too high will. If you are unsure, you should consult a doctor before taking adaptogens. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take adaptogens.
The easiest way is to swallow adaptogens as capsules or as a powder in smoothies, juices, water or even with (plant-based) milk. This latte basically tastes like warm milk with cinnamon and cardamom and is best drunk an hour before bedtime.
Hormone-balancing Ashwagandha Latte
250ml plant-based milk (I like oat milk, but hazelnut or cashew milk tastes particularly good here)
1 TL Ashwagandha-Pulver
½ TL cinammon
a good pinch of cardamom
1 tsp honey or maple syrup (optional)
Warm the milk slightly in a saucepan. I do this in a milk frother.
Add the spices and stir well.
Using a handheld milk frother, lightly froth the top layer.
It is best to drink an hour before bedtime.
Enjoy your meal!
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