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Nutritional Spotlight: Shatavari

Though not as well known as ashwagandha, shatavari is an adaptogen considered by many to be among the most powerful rejuvenating herbs in ayurvedic medicine. A species of the asparagus plant, it’s particularly helpful in supporting women’s health, from menarche to menopause.

The Benefits

Because of its phytoestrogen component, shatavari is often used by ayurvedic practitioners to address reproductive health issues such as hormonal imbalances; symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS); and symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and night sweats. Other benefits from this powerful adaptogen range from soothing heartburn, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, and diarrhea to calming nerves.

Best Bets

Shatavari is most commonly taken as powder mixed into water, milk, or tea. Just be aware that it can taste a little bitter. Suggested use is ¼ to ½ teaspoon with warm water, once or twice daily, or as directed by your health practitioner. It can also be taken as a tablet or liquid extract. We like the powder from Banyan Botanicals

Learn about adaptogens.

Photo: Janifest

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