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Natural Herb Boosts Sex Drive and Protects Body Against Diseases

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Ashwagandha, an all-natural herb that has been used for more than 3,000 years in Ayurvedic medicine, now has been proven scientifically to help reduce stress, boost brain function, improve thyroid function, boost testosterone levels and fertility and even help fight cancer.

"If you have to choose one natural remedy for your medicine cabinet that helps boost whole body health, it would definitely be ashwagandha," Lisa Lynn, PT, founder of LynFit Nutrition, and Martha Stewart's former personal trainer, tells Newsmax. Lynn is a go-to nutrition and fitness expert on "The Dr. Oz Show," and offers these reasons why ashwagandha can improve your life:

  1. Stress reduction. Ashwagandha reduces cortisol levels by 30 percent. "Stress is the number one health and diet wrecker threatening us today," Lynn said. "When cortisol levels increase and remain at high levels in our blood stream, it can create insulin resistance which is why we store fat around our bellies when we are stressed."
  2. Brain function. Research has shown ashwagandha provides the critical nutrients that help protect brain degeneration and memory.
  3. Depression. This Indian herb can alleviate the symptoms of depression without the side effects of prescription drugs. However, Lynn does not recommend anyone stop taking their medication, but instead, work with their doctors to see if ashwagandha can help resolve the underlying cause of depression.
  4. Thyroid health. According to Thyroid Advisor, the herb helps regulate thyroid hormones. "Daily ashwagandha intake has been proven to improve all-over thyroid health be working with your body versus working against it," Lynn said.
  5. Inflammation. The herb has been shown to reducing inflammation because of its powerful anti-oxidant properties. In addition, it decreases the C-reactive protein, a prime anti-inflammatory marker, by 36 percent!
  6. Blood sugar levels. Ashwagandha is one of the best ways to improve insulin levels, sensitivities and secretions, says the expert. "This is critical because chronic high blood sugar levels contribute to many of today's health issues including diabetes, hardening of the arteries, belly fat, kidney, pancreas and liver disease, and cardiovascular problems," she says.
  7. Testosterone and fertility. Men love ashwagandha, Lynn said, because it helps boost testosterone levels that decline with age. "This improves men's health in just about every aspect, from muscle tone, strength, hair loss, and reproductive health." Studies also show men who took ashwagandha daily saw a 75 percent increase in sperm count. Boosting testosterone also helps manage middle aged belly fat by preventing it from being stores in the first place, Lynn said.
  8. Cancer. Lynn, who fought a personal battle with potentially deadly melanoma, says ashwagandha does a super job of attacking cancer cells in the body while improving the health of your healthy cells — making them stronger and better able to fight further invasions. "This is exactly the opposite of what chemo drugs do," she says. "Breast, colon, lung, and ovarian cancers all show promise of responding to the herb, along with my personal daily fight with melanoma." Again, Lynn emphasizes you should never treat yourself when dealing with cancer, but have a discussion with your doctor if ashwagandha can work alongside your current treatment.

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