Called the “Queen of Herbs”, Shatavari has been used for centuries as a hormone balancer and a general potion to hoist female health and libido. Being an important adaptogenic herb, it not only relieves one from physical and emotional stress but also manages diabetes mellitus, prevents dyslipidemia and hypercholesteremia as well as helps in the treatment of bacterial and fungal infections, edema, conception, depression, and cancer.
Scientifically called Asparagus racemosus, it is a member of the asparagus family. It is an adaptogenic herb, which helps to manage physical and emotional stress and ameliorate vitality making it an important herb in ayurvedic remedies.
Shatavari contains Shatavarins, the main phytochemicals that play an important part in strengthening the immune system and, fighting oxidative stress. These active principles also retain anti-cancer activity. Different phytochemicals present in Shatavari include:
· Flavonoids such as QUERCETIN and RUTIN present in Shatavari fruits and flowers
· STEROLS such as SITOSTEROL present in Shatavari roots
Nutrients present abundantly in Shatavari roots include minerals such as copper, manganese, zinc, cobalt, calcium, magnesium, selenium, and potassium. Apart from minerals, Shatavari also contains vitamins like vitamins A, and C and essential fatty acids like gamma-linolenic acid.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SHATAVARI
Female Reproductive Health
Shatavari is a supporting herb for women throughout their lives. The main constituents of Shatavari are steroidal saponins that work as estrogen regulators and modulators for regulating menstrual cycles, managing PMS symptoms, alleviating menstrual cramps, and controlling the amount of blood lost. It may help with fluid retention and uncomfortable bloating often suffered before a period.
It has antioxidant properties
Antioxidants help prevent free-radical cell damage, and battle oxidative stress – a key factor that causes disease.
Helps with Breast milk production
Young mothers often finds difficult to breastfeed their newborns due to very little milk production. This can happen due to many reasons such as anemia, low blood pressure, or simply stress. Taking Shatavari every day helps to facilitate and regulate milk production. This method is ideal for the nourishment of young babies so that their immune system becomes stronger.
Reduces mood swings
Mood swings are seen more in women than in men. This may occur due to menstruation, pregnancy, or hormonal problems. Mood swings not only spoil our mood but also make it difficult for or rather fail to interact with people. Taking Shatavari on a regular basis helps to combat mood swings easily.
Assist in fertility issues
Becoming a parent is one of the most joyful happiest experiences in someone’s life, but unfortunately for some people fertility problems restrict them from leading a happy life. Shatavari contains beneficial ingredients which on consumption keep fertility problems at bay and the chances of conception become high.
Cures Gastric problems
Shatavari is also a gastro-friendly herb. The dried roots of Shatavari are turned into powder and also made into juice. The consumption of this juice is ideal to cure ulcers and other ailments occurring in the gastrointestinal tract. If this plant is consumed regularly, it cures gastroparesis.
Acts as a diuretic
Shatavari aids in fighting against urinary tract problems and infections by maintaining the health of the urinary bladder. Aside from this, regular consumption of Shatavari helps to reduce kidney stones in size and sometimes cures it completely.
Immune System Support
Research shows that Shatavari plays a very important role in stimulating immune cells. This is assumed to be due to the steroidal plant compound contained within the root "sapogenin", a potent immune stimulator that increases the body’s resistance during normal and immune-suppressed conditions, helping to boost immunity during immune-suppressed conditions and aiding in the recovery of the immune system itself. Sapogenins also stimulates the cells that fight infection thereby reducing the overall population of infection-causing cells.
Treats Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1 & Type 2)
Shatavari might be beneficial in the management of diabetes. It helps to lower the blood glucose level. It reduces the intestinal absorption of glucose. It also increases glucose uptake by the cells and tissues. Shatavari roots improve insulin secretion from the pancreatic beta cells. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications.
RECOMMENDED DOSAGE OF SHATAVARI
Shatavari Juice - 2-3 teaspoons once a day.
Shatavari Churna - ¼-½ teaspoon twice a day.
Shatavari Capsule - 1-2 Capsules twice a day.
Shatavari Tablet - 1-2 Tablets twice a day.
Shatavari Syrup - 1-2 teaspoons twice a day.
Shatavari may impair kidney functioning. It may interfere with the excretion of lithium, impair heart functioning, and may result in allergic reactions in the skin. Hence, it is generally advised to consult a doctor before taking it. While consuming the herb in small quantities appears to be safe, there may be side effects when taking it during pregnancy or in larger doses.
Since time immemorial, Shatavari, “The Queen of Herbs” has been said in several ayurvedic scriptures as an ultimate remedy owing to its enormous health benefits.