Shatavari, translated “she who possesses a hundred husbands”, has been used in traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda) as a general female reproductive tonic and hormonal balancer.
Grown throughout India, this specie of asparagus (Asparagus racemous) has been shown to have several fertility benefits for both men and women. It has been used for centuries to improve overall fertility with no toxic effects reported with long term use.
Steroidal saponins called Shatavarins are thought to be responsible for its adaptogenic, immunomodulatory, diuretic, antibacterial, and digestive properties.
Our experts at Nature’s Lab® list out their top 7 health benefits of consuming shatavari:
Regulates Menstrual Cycle
As mentioned earlier, steroidal saponins called Shatavarins are the main constituents of Shatavari. These shatavarins are oestrogen regulators, which enables them to regulate menstrual cycles.
Balances Hormonal Levels
Shatavari has been shown to protect the body from stressors. When used in combination with another herb called Tribulus terrestris, it has been shown to be highly beneficial for women with stress-induced fertility issues. Due to its adaptogenic actions, both men and women have benefited from its fertility-boosting attributes.
Helps with Immune-Related Fertility Issues
Shatavari supports proper immunological function and may be very helpful with women who have stress related or immune-mediated fertility issues. In one study, Shatavari was shown to increase phagocytic activity of macrophages, which in turn reduced intraperitoneal adheshions in the abdomen. This offers hope for women suffering from adhesion damage leading to fertility issues such as endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids, damage from c-section, and ovarian cysts.
Improves condition of Cervical Mucous
Due to its demulcent action, Shatavari has been shown to be very useful in improving the quality of the cervical mucous in women. The mucilage contained in Shatavari lines the mucous membranes and acts as a protector and tonic for those membranes. This may be beneficial for women with low cervical mucous. Cervical mucous plays an important role in enabling women get pregnant. The most important role that it plays is that it facilitates conception by allowing fertilization to occur at a time distant from ovulation. The role of the cervical mucus is to nourish, protect, and speed the sperm on its way up through the uterus and into the Fallopian tubes so that it can fertilize the egg.
Prevents Threatened Miscarriage
Saponin rich Shatavari has been shown to have an anti-oxytocin effect in cases where the uterus is contracting due to oxytocin release. It’s anti-oxytocin effect may help the uterine contractions subside in such cases. Use of Shatavari in such a situation should be done through a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner.
Promotes Lactation In Breastfeeding Mothers
Research has consistently shown that Shatavari is effective at increasing milk supply in breastfeeding mothers. Shatavari may contribute to prolactin production so women with the endocrine disorder hyperprolactinemia or high prolactin levels should use it with caution.
Relieves PMS and Menopausal Symptoms
Shatavari treats PMS symptoms by relieving pain and controlling blood loss. It also relieves menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. By producing oestrogens it makes up for low oestrogen levels in women who are menopausal or have had hysterectomies or oophorectomies.
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