Ashwagandha

Although I had heard of today’s featured supplement, I have only just included it in my daily health regimen. I spent the afternoon researching this herbal supplement and its health benefits.

Ashwagandha belongs to the same family as the tomato. The plant is native to the dry regions of India, northern Africa and the Middle East. The plump shrub has oval leaves and its yellow flowers bear small red fruits, about the size of a raisin.

This powerful herb has been used medicinally since ancient times. It is well known for its restorative properties and it has traditionally been used to strengthen the immune system after an illness.

Ashwagandha contains withanolides (a steroidal lactone), alkaloids, amino acids and choline. While the leaves and fruit have therapeutic properties, it is the root that is most commonly used.

The healing benefits of Ashwagandha include:

• protects the immune system

• combats the effects of stress

• improves memory

• lessens anxiety and depression

• helps reduce brain-cell degeneration

• stabilizes blood sugar

• reduces cholesterol

• anti-inflammatory benefits

• maintains sexual health and vitality

I purchased Ashwagandha in capsule form and began taking it today. Because tomorrow I begin a 90 day journey with an intentional focus on ridding my body, completely, of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and healing my thyroid. In his newest book Thyroid Healing, Anthony William includes Ashwagandha on the supplement list as a powerful healing herb.

He writes, “While this herb does bolster the thyroid, the main reason to bring it into your life is to minimize adrenal surges that can feed EBV. By stabilizing the adrenal glands Ashwagandha helps prevent them from over producing fear-based hormone blends that give fuel to EBV. ”

On my healing journey I have learned that viruses such as shingles, strep and EBV are responsible for my health issues. It became a two fold strategy for healing: 1) eat healthy foods that support my immune system and 2) kill the viruses by eliminating the unhealthy foods, chemicals and toxins that they thrive on. The viruses also feed on the hormones that flood the body as a result of fear, anxiety and stress. It becomes so crucial to not only eat well but to lower stress. With the way most adults live, under continual stress and anxiety, is it any wonder that we grow more and more sick?

I’m excited to take this next step in my healing journey. I am incorporating several new to me supplements that I will be sharing about in upcoming Sunday Supplement posts. And I will share more about the 90 Day Thyroid Rehab soon. Tomorrow is Day 1!

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