Animal and test-tube studies have found that ashwagandha helps induce the apoptosis or “programmed cell death” of cancer cells (7). It also impedes the growth of new cancer cells in several ways (7). One of these ways is believed to be the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are toxic to cancer cells but not normal cells. Another mechanism causes cancer cells to become less resistant to apoptosis (8).
Animal studies suggest that it may be beneficial for treating several types of cancer, including breast, lung, colon, brain and ovarian cancer (9, 10, 11, 12, 13). In one study, mice with ovarian tumors treated with ashwagandha alone or in combination with an anti-cancer drug had a 70–80% reduction in tumor growth. The treatment also prevented metastasis, the spread of cancer to other organs (13).
Although there are no studies to confirm these results in humans yet, the research to date is encouraging.
Bottom Line: Animal and test-tube studies have shown that it promotes the death of tumor cells and may be effective against several types of cancer.
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