In several studies, ashwagandha has been shown to lower blood sugar levels. A test-tube study found that it increased insulin secretion and improved insulin sensitivity in muscle cells (2). Several human studies have confirmed its ability to reduce blood sugar levels in both healthy people and those with diabetes (3, 4, 5, 6).
In one study in people with schizophrenia, those treated with ashwagandha for 4 weeks had an average reduction in fasting blood sugar levels of 13.5 mg/dL, compared to a 4.5 mg/dL reduction in those who received a placebo (5).
What’s more, in a small study of 6 people with type 2 diabetes, supplementing with ashwagandha for 30 days lowered fasting blood sugar levels as effectively as an oral diabetes medication (6).
Bottom Line: Ashwagandha may reduce blood sugar levels through its effects on insulin secretion and sensitivity.
It May Lower Cholesterol and Triglycerides
In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, ashwagandha may help improve heart health by reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Animal studies have found that it significantly decreases these blood fats. One study in rats found that it lowered total cholesterol by as much as 53% and triglycerides by nearly 45% (28).
While controlled human studies have reported less dramatic results, there have still been some impressive improvements in these markers (3, 4, 5, 6). In a 60-day study of chronically stressed adults, the group taking the highest dosage of ashwagandha experienced a 17% decrease in LDL cholesterol and an 11% decrease in triglycerides, on average (3).
Bottom Line: Ashwagandha may help reduce the risk of heart disease by decreasing cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
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