What Is Ashwagandha?
India 23 October 2016: Ashwagandha (indian ginseng) is a small shrub which belongs to the Solanaceae family. The shrub is native to the Indian subcontinent and is also found in the Middle East and North Africa. The ashwagandha plant is a flowering plant which bears flowers and small fruits like berries. The flowers of this shrub have a yellow center and small green petals. The seeds of ashwagandha are smaller than a centimeter and look like those of berries. The roots structure of this shrub is similar to that of a carrot, which is long and thick structure. For more than 3,000 years Ashwagandha is used in Ayurveda for its medicinal properties.
Ashwagandha (indian ginseng) Nutritional Value:
Ashwagandha is enriched with many nutrients. It is loaded with nutrients like iron, tannins, potassium, antioxidants, nitrate, fatty acids and glucose. Ashwagandha or indian ginseng also contains steroidal alkaloids like sominine, withanolides, somniferine and anferine. It is also loaded with flavonoids, acyl steryl glucosides and lactones.
Uses Of Ashwagandha (indian ginseng) :
Ashwagandha has a lot of uses in ayurveda due to its medicinal properties. This herb is also known for its memory boosting properties. It is nature’s gift to mankind and has various uses.
- Many memory supplements use the root and berries of ashwagandha as their main ingredient.
- A tincture of ashwagandha also has medicinal uses..
- Ashwagandha can also be consumed in the form of tea. To make the tea just boil dried ashwagandha roots with tea for 15 minutes and then enjoy the refreshing tea.
- Today many Ashwagandha supplements are available in the market, in the form of capsules and tonics. These supplements are easily available in herbal health stores.