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Shatavari For Men: Benefits, Uses & Side Effects

Shatavari for men 

Scientifically is known as Asparagus racemosus, a herb widely used in Ayurveda- Indian traditional medicine. The adaptogenic herb helps in coping up with emotional and physical stress. Extracts from the dried roots are used for various purposes, including reproductive and hormonal issues in men and women. It is a general health medication that enhances vitality. 

This article will help you to know about Shatavari and its benefits for men.

Shatavari benefits for men

Aphrodisiac:

A review on Asparagus racemosus says that root extracts administered to albino rats showed significant improvement in sexual behaviour compared to the placebo group. They were observed with better erection, increased attraction towards females, increase in weight gain in body and reproductive organs. The results indicate that Shatavari can be used as an aphrodisiac as believed in traditional medicine.

Sperm count and quality:

Shatavari is also used in treating various sperm conditions which affect fertility, like teratozoospermia (which is abnormal sperm shape), hypothermia (which is low semen volume), oligospermia (which is low sperm count), asthenozoospermia( which is sperm motility), etc. it also improves spermatogenesis, a process of sperm production. Due to its antioxidant properties, it also enhances the production of male hormones.

Sexual dysfunctions:

 Due to its apoptogenic properties, Shatavari decreases stress and anxiety, which are the primary reasons for sexual dysfunctions. Issues like erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation can be treated using Shatavari.

Increases libido: 

Shatavari helps in decreasing stress and anxiety due to its adaptogenic properties. It stimulates hormones responsible for increasing libido in men and also in women. It is also known to increase stamina and vitality.

Reduces oxidative stress:

 Shatavari is an excellent antioxidant that prevents damage from free radicals produced in the body due to various metabolic activities. Shatavari contains antioxidants called recemofura, asparagine A, and racemose, according to a study. Antioxidants also prevent sperm cell damage due to free radicals, thus improving sperm quality.

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Anti-inflammatory :

Racemofuran found in Shatavari also has anti-inflammatory properties, which could decrease inflammation without digestive side effects. 

Lactation: 

Shatavari is used as a galactagogue that boosts the secretion of milk post in lactating mothers. It also helps to build immunity in both mother and the baby. 

Immunity:

A clinical study on animals reveals that animals treated with Shatavari root extracts had more antibodies to strain whooping cough when compared to untreated animals. Treated animals showed better and faster recovery and had better overall health. 

Even in Ayurveda, Shatavari is given to boost immunity.

Diuretic:

Diuretics are substances that remove excess fluid from the body. These are given to people with congestive heart failure and in other conditions may cause serious side effects.

Diarrhoea:

Shatavari has been used to stop diarrhoea since ancient times. A study on rats reveals that Shatavari can reduce diarrhoea.

Kidney stones:

Shatavari can prevent Kidney stones. The hard deposits which cause pain while passing out through urine are formed due to the deposition of oxalates.

Depression:

Shatavari is an adaptogenic substance and has been used in Ayurveda to treat depression. A study on rats found that Shatavari reduced depression and also impacted neurotransmitters in the brain.

Anti-aging:

Shatavari is rich in saponins which reduce free radical damage in the skin, which causes wrinkles. It also helps in preventing collagen (maintains skin elasticity) breakdown as per a study. 

Blood sugar levels:

The active compounds found in Shatavari can help to stimulate insulin synthesis, as per a study conducted in 2007. Although significant studies on how it does that need to be done yet.

Gastric Ulcer:

Shatavari is effective in treating gastric ulcer sores in the intestines, stomach, and esophagus, as per a study conducted on rats with Shatavari and Ashwagandha.

Types of Shatavari available

  • Shatavari churna/ Shatavari powder: a powdered form of Shatavari
  • Shatavari Kalpa: combination of Shatavari and elaichi 
  • Shatavari paste
  • Shatavari tablets

Recommended Shatavari dose

  • Shatavari paste: ¼-½ teaspoons a day can be taken 
  • Shatavari juice: 1-2 teaspoons a day can be taken
  • Shatavari powder- ½-1 teaspoons a day
  • Shatavari Kalpa- 1-2 teaspoons a day

How to take Shatavari

  • 2-3 teaspoons of Shatavari juice can be taken with water in equal quantities.
  • Shatavari churna of ¼-½ teaspoons can be mixed with either honey or milk and can be taken twice a day after meals.
  • 1-2 Shatavari tablets or Shatavari capsules can be taken twice a day after meals.

Side effects of using Shatavari

Shatavari is safe to take even during pregnancy and post-pregnancy. People allergic to asparagus might also be allergic to Shatavari.

Some of the common side effects observed are:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itchiness
  • Skin irritation

Precautions

Shatavari is a diuretic, so do not take any other diuretic herbs or medications. Shatavari can lower blood sugar, so make sure to monitor your blood sugar levels and also to not take any other blood sugar lowering agent.

Take Away 

Shatavari, an ayurvedic wonder derived from root extracts of Asparagus racemosus, is general health-improving medicine. It is mainly used to increase immunity, improve men’s sexual health, and enhance lactation in women post-pregnancy. This article will help you to know more about Shatavari and its benefits to men.