There are many concerns that become amplified as men age but two that can loom particularly large are infertility and heart disease. Though the two are not related in any obvious way, they can both be a source of anxiety. Having difficulties conceiving can cause psychological distress, which may affect relationships. Heart disease can be life-threatening because it can lead to a heart attack, angina and some strokes.
In another study, men who received ashwagandha for stress experienced higher antioxidant levels and better sperm quality.
After three months of treatment, 14 percent of the men’s partners had become pregnant.
Ashwagandha may help improve heart health by reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Cholesterol and triglyceride are fatty substances you get from eating food and are carried into your blood.
Both substances can contribute to heart disease if you have too much of them circulating in your blood vessels.
Animal studies have found that ashwagandha supplementation significantly decreases levels of these blood fats.
One study in rats found that it lowered total cholesterol and triglyceride levels by 53 percent and nearly 45 percent, respectively.
While controlled human studies have reported less dramatic results, they have observed some impressive improvements in these markers.
In a 60-day study in chronically stressed adults, the group taking the highest dosage of standardised ashwagandha extract experienced a 17 percent decrease in LDL (bad) cholesterol and an 11 percent decrease in triglycerides, on average.
LDL cholesterol is generally regarded as the most harmful type of cholesterol because it sticks to the inside of your artery walls.
While it is important to include cholesterol-lowering items in your diet, focusing on your overall dietary approach is what counts.
“You can lower your cholesterol by eating healthily and getting more exercise,” says the NHS.