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7 Benefits of Herb Ashwagandha to Thyroid Function

By    |   Tuesday, 05 Apr 2016 05:36 PM

If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from a thyroid disorder, an herb called ashwagandha could be a valuable part of your thyroid treatment plan.

Here are seven health benefits of ashwagandha.

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1. Ashwagandha is known as an adaptogenic herb. This group of herbs have properties that help the body combat the effects of long-term stress. They also support a strong immune system and increase overall health, says Women Living Naturally.

2. Ashwagandha provides adrenal support. According to Dr. Eric Osansky, this is one of the most common reasons he recommends ashwagandha to his patients with thyroid conditions caused by autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease.

3. For patients with an underactive thyroid, ashwagandha can help stimulate the production of hormones called T3 and T4, says Dr. Yusuf M. Saleeby, writing at Hypothyroid Mom. These two principle hormones are responsible for metabolism and so many of the body’s functions.

4. Ashwagandha supports strong hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) function, says Saleeby. The hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and the adrenal glands all play a role in proper thyroid function.

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5. In patients who suffer from low mood or decreased cognitive function as a symptom of hypothyroidism, ashwagandha has been shown to improve these symptoms. Saleeby summarizes the results of an animal study in 2003 that demonstrated these benefits, and subsequent human studies validate the findings.

6. Numerous studies have shown ashwagandha to be helpful in boosting the immune system, says Osansky. These studies show the herb can also help slow the growth of tumors and reduce inflammation in the body.

7. Ashwagandha is one of the safest herbs, says Osansky, who added most of his patients tolerate the herb very well.

Saleeby advises patients to have ashwagandha supplements managed by a healthcare practitioner. While he says the herb is generally regarded as being safe, there can be some interactions with other drugs. It also can cause blood glucose levels to drop, which can be a problem for people already taking blood glucose-lowering medications.

Ashwagandha should not be used during pregnancy.

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