Ashwagandha May Help Normalize Elevated Serum Thyroid Hormone Levels
People with elevated serum thyroid hormone levels have a thyroid disorder that doesn’t exhibit any obvious symptoms, but can still take a toll on their bodies. A recent study suggests that taking an ashwagandha root supplement may help normalize serum thyroid hormone levels in people with elevated serum thyroid hormone levels.
Participants in the study included 50 people with elevated serum thyroid hormone levels who were given either 600 mg of ashwagandha or a placebo daily for eight weeks. At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted improvements in serum thyroid hormone levels, serum T4, and serum T3. The change toward normalization was 19%, 45%, and 21%, respectively.
Researchers from Sudbhawana Hospital in India conducted the study. It was published online ahed of print on August 22, 2017, in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
Ashwagandha has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 4,000 years. Previous studies suggest that Ashwagandha may help improve memory, cognitive function and brain health, increase strength, and help with sexual dysfunctions. The best way to consume Ashwagandha is by taking a high quality supplement.