Shatavari - An Excellent Health Booster
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Shatavari, a member of the asparagus family, is an adaptogenic (stress busting) herb which helps the body cope with physical and emotional stress. It’s been used in Ayurvedic medicines since centuries and is considered a general health tonic to improve one’s vitality.
Health benefits of Shatavari include:
Shatavari contains saponins, compounds with antioxidant abilities. Shatavari battles oxidative stress and prevents free radical cell damage.
According to a study done in 2004 by NCBI, a new antioxidant called racemofuran was identified within shatavari root. Two known antioxidants asparagamine A and racemosol were also found. These antioxidants cause the free radical cell damage. Reference: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15478181/
Natural Products Research Unit, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Female Reproductive Health:
The herb not only treats endometriosis (inflammation on the lining of the uterus), but also maintains hormonal levels in the blood and improves fertility. Perhaps the most common traditional use of shatavari, or A. racemosus, is to treat female health conditions, specifically reproductive disorders. A review of studies published in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy suggests that this plant may improve conditions such as hormonal imbalances and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, 2018
Shatavari is anti-inflammatory and thus helps soothe the scalp. This helps alleviate any type of irritation and promotes hair growth.
Racemofuran, which is found in shatavari, also has significant anti-inflammatory capabilities. Racemofuran acts similarly in the body as prescription anti-inflammatory drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors. These types of drugs are said to reduce inflammation without any causing serious digestive side-effects. AR liposomes at a concentration of 1 µg/ml prepared by the PD method displayed the highest level of anti-inflammatory activity in the present study, with a percentage inhibition of TNF-α of 52.51±2.14%, which may be attributed to differences in zeta potentials resulting from different preparation methods.
Reference: Anti-inflammatory activity of liposomes of Asparagus racemosus root extracts prepared by various methods. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5038339/
Stress is one of the major causes of hair loss. Shatavari aids the body to cope up with physical and emotional stress, which helps control hair loss and boosts its growth.
Shatavari is used in ayurveda to treat depression. A 2009 study on rodents found that the antioxidants in shatavari have strong antidepressant abilities. They also impacted
neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters communicate information throughout our brain. Some are associated with depression.
Promotes gut health:
Shatavari is an excellent digestive herb. The anti-flatulent property of this herb reduces the formation of gas and thus prevents bloating. Its fiber content prevents constipation and other digestive issues.
The powdered dried root of A. racemosus is used in Ayurveda for dyspepsia. Oral administration of powdered dried root of A. racemosus has been found to promote gastric emptying in healthy volunteers. In Ayurveda, A. racemosus has also been mentioned for the treatment of ulcerative disorder of stomach and parinama sula, a clinical entity akin to the duodenal ulcer disease.
Reference: Gogte VM. Ayurvedic pharmacology and therapeutic uses of medicinal plants. Mumbai: SPARC; 2000. [Google Scholar]
How Shatavari is used in Traya?
In Traya shatavari is used as one of the main ingredients in Shatavari nasal drops and hair ras.
Shatavari Ghrita (Nasal Drops):
It is an Ayurvedic formulation used to treat hair loss internally by targeting the root cause. It stimulates hair roots from within leading to hair growth.
Shatavari Ghrita Benefits:
- Aides restful sleep
- Improves hair quality
- Controls Hair Fall
- Great for a stressful life
- Great for headaches
Pattern hairloss, unisex, anyone with high stress and sleep disturbance, women with hormonal imbalance.
Reduces pitta dosha and improves blood circulation to the follicles. Helps reduce the rate of premature greying in the future.
Hair Ras Benefits:
Stops Hair Fall
- Help in relieving anxiety, loss of energy, laziness, and maintains hormonal health.
- Enhances hair quality
- Keeps scalp healthy
- Natural Multivitamin which promotes hair growth
- Improves Iron Levels
For hair growth, stress problems, heart health problems and men with hormonal imbalance.