Withania somnifera

What is Ashwaganda? Ashwaganda has been used for over 4,000 years to relieve anxiety, stress and create a sense of focus. Common names include “Indian Winter cherry” and “Indian Ginseng.” The herb is taken as one of the vital herbs within the Ayurvedic medication system, a healthcare exercise that began out in India.

Ashwagandha is Sanskrit for the horse’s scent, which refers to both its distinctive smell and strength-enhancing ability. Ashwaganda appears safe, but requires further long-term research explicitly designed to determine its safety.

Ashwaganda Herb

How does it work? Ashwaganda is an adaptogen, which means it helps the body maintain homeostasis (the body’s instinct to stay balanced). Adaptogens help an organism’s ability to cope with stress, and thus save energy.

What are the benefits? Research done by scientists mostly conclude in the following:

  • Reduces Anxiety (cortisol reduction)
  • Helps combat stress (cortisol reduction)
  • Improves learning, memory and reaction time (more energy)
  • Stabilizes sugar levels in the body (more energy)
  • Potential for growth of new nerve cells
  • Supports sexual health in both men & women
  • Acts on the endocrine system by encouraging hormone balance
  • Helps combat symptoms of depression
  • Reduces inflammation

How is it consumed? It is sold in powder forms, herbs and most commonly consumed as a dietary supplement in pill form.

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