Shatavari Root

Shatavari Root

What is shatavari? It is a medicinal plant in the asparagus family. The scientific name is asparagus racemosus. This adaptogen helps your body beat stress and stay healthy. It is native to India and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years. For the most part, the root is the medicinally useful part of the plant.

Shatavari Benefits

The most common use for shatavari in Ayurvedic medicine is for fertility and anything related to uterine & reproductive health, including menopause, breast feeding, pregnancy, and hormonal imbalances. It can even improve sex drive. To give you an idea of the history of its usage, the word shatavari translates to something like “she who has 100 husbands.”

Another shatavari powder benefit is that it has a powerful anti anxiety and anti-depressive effect. Scientific animal studies have shown that it does have a positive effect on anxiety. However, we can also infer from the long term use of this plant for anxiety in Ayurvedic medicine that it works.

The Science Behind Shatavari Root

Studies done on mice and rats suggest that the shatavari supplement interacts with several important compounds in the brain.

Serotonin is an important hormone that has many functions but most importantly, it makes us feel happy. If you have too little serotonin and you may feel anxious or depressed. The adaptogenic properties of organic shatavari powder regulate this hormone to leave you feeling more serene, calm and ready to take on whatever comes your way. It helps to level you out, so instead of experiencing serotonin highs and lows, you will have more of an even level.

Shatavari root extract also interacts with GABA, an essential amino acid that works with your GABA receptors to regulate your nervous system. Lower levels of GABA have been shown to cause anxiety, depression, and insomnia. By regulating GABA, it helps to calm the nervous system, leading you to feel less anxious.

This plant is also thought to contain phytoestrogens, or “dietary estrogens.” These compounds work similarly to estrogen in the body. That is why it can have a positive effect on those experiencing negative symptoms from menopause, and other health issues found in people who menstruate.

There are very few shatavari side effects reported. It’s use for hundreds of years as an herbal remedy speaks to its  lack of problematic effects. Although the safety for pregnant and nursing mothers has not been scientifically proven through modern studies, it’s traditional use for pregnancy and nursing may suggest that it is safe or even useful for expectant and new mothers. The only people who should definitely avoid shatavari root are those who have an allergy to asparagus, since it is in the same plant family.

We use non-GMO and sustainably wildcrafted shatavari in Be Serene. We work hard to bring you the best herbs as part of our supplement, so you can feel good about taking it. We don’t use any additives or fillers. It’s simply made of the incredible ingredients we have chosen from all over the globe for their amazing anti-anxiety properties, including shatavari root.

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