What is Ashwagandha?

What is Ashwagandha?

Often referred to as the King of ayurvedic herbs, Ashwagandha is an element of Chinese medicine that has been used for centuries, 3,000 years, in fact. It is famed for its array of natural health benefits. From reducing patient anxiety levels to increasing energy, Ashwagandha is commonly integrated into people’s daily diet in a number of ways.

Primarily used to increase mood, Ashwagandha itself is an ancient herb, commonly found in both India, the Middle East and areas of Northern Africa. The name, derived from the Indian word ‘horse’ reflects the herbs reported assistance in strength and healing therapies. Various parts of the herb are used in medicine, but when it comes to supplementation, it’s the root of the plant that contains all the good stuff.

Known by a variety of names including ‘Indian Winter Cherry’, ‘Indian Ginseng’, and of course, Ashwagandha, the original uses of this ancient herb: the very reasons that the herb became famous for in the first place, have since been built upon. Following years of research, the uses of Ashwagandha have been found to be extensive, with many health benefits unearthed by researchers in recent years. But, what are they?

The health benefits of Ashwagandha

The Ashwagandha herb is small but mighty. There’s a reason this plant has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. As an adaptogen, we’ve included Ashwagandha in The Relax Capsules, for its stress-busting ways. But this is just one of the herb’s many health benefits…

Other health benefits of Ashwagandha include:

  • Increases brain functionality
  • Reduces your blood sugar levels
  • Helps manage anxiety
  • Boosts male fertility
  • Lowers your cholesterol
  • Combats low mood
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Increases muscle mass

These benefits are back up with cold hard evidence, too. So don’t just take our word for it.

Due to the longevity in the use of Ashwagandha, the herb has been researched pretty extensively. Multiple studies have linked Ashwagandha consumption with lower cortisol levels,  reducing hot flushes in menopausal women, and the mitigation of symptoms experienced by those suffering from ailments such as arthritis, impotence, amnesia and more.

How can I include Ashwagandha in my diet?

Whilst many people include Ashwagandha in their diets through hot teas, we recommend that due to the herb’s earthy, bitter and slightly sour taste (that has actually been likened to the smell of a horse), it’s best to take Ashwagandha supplements such as The Relax Capsules.

We advise that you take the capsules or your chosen Ashwagandha supplements continuously for at least one month, once a day. Consistency is key.

When it comes to The Relax Capsules, we recommend you take your daily dose before bed so that you can enjoy the effects of this natural adaptogen as you drift into a good night’s sleep. 

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Does Ashwagandha cause any side effects?

As with all supplementations, make sure you’re taking everything in moderation and to the recommended dose. Taking any supplements in excess can lead to stomach upset. Due to the calming effects of the herb, some people also report mild drowsiness, which is why we recommend you take any supplementations in the evening.

It’s also super important to note that Ashwagandha supplementation is not recommended for pregnant women, so be sure to talk to your GP if this is something you’d want to explore.

Summary

As you can see, the benefits of Ashwagandha are pretty impressive. There’s a reason why we’ve included the ancient herb in The Relax Capsules. These daily nootropics are jam- packed with research-backed ingredients to help you kick back and relax after a long day, help you drift off to sleep with ease and just generally get some chill in your life.

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Our entire collection of Ashwagandha Supplements can be found here.

 

References

  • Chandrasekhar, K., Kapoor, J., & Anishetty, S. (2012). A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults. Indian journal of psychological medicine, 34(3), 255-262. Click
  • Bharti, V. K., Malik, J. K., & Gupta, R. C. (2016). Ashwagandha: multiple health benefits. In Nutraceuticals (pp. 717-733). Academic Press. Click here.

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