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Everything You Need To Know About Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has had a big year. Ever since this powerful supplement made waves on the wellness side of TikTok, it’s been a highly sought-after herb for its healing benefits. With stress levels at an all-time high, it’s nice to know that there’s a supplement that helps soothe our minds and put our anxieties at ease.


If ashwagandha is new to you, you may be curious about what it is and the benefits it can provide your body and mind. Look no further because we’re breaking down all the facts you need to know about this powerful super herb.

What is Ashwagandha?

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Herbal adaptogen Ayurvedic medicine, otherwise known as ashwagandha.

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Ashwagandha, scientifically known as Withania somnifera, is a popular herb in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, which is one of the world's oldest holistic healing systems and is commonly referred to as Indian ginseng or winter cherry.

Ashwagandha has a long history of use in traditional medicine for various purposes, including promoting vitality, longevity, and overall well-being. It is classified as an adaptogen, which means it may help the body adapt to stress and maintain balance.

The Health Benefits of Ashwagandha 

Ashwagandha Benefits: Stress and Anxiety Reduction

One of the most well-known benefits of ashwagandha is its potential to reduce stress and anxiety. Because it is considered an adaptogen, it may help the body adapt to and manage stress. Studies suggest that ashwagandha may lower cortisol levels, a hormone released in response to stress.

Improves Mood and Mental Well-Being

Ashwagandha is believed to have mood-stabilizing properties. Some research indicates that it may help alleviate symptoms of depression and improve overall mental well-being. It is thought to influence neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin, which play a role in mood regulation.

Enhanced Cognitive Function

There is evidence to suggest that ashwagandha may support cognitive function and memory. Some studies indicate that it may have a neuroprotective effect, helping to safeguard the brain from oxidative stress and inflammation.

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Ashwagandha is believed to have mood-stabilizing properties and is believed to play a role in mood regulation.

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Ashwagandha Benefits: Improves Quality of Sleep

According to Health.com, studies have shown that taking ashwagandha may help people sleep better. In a study involving 29 individuals with insomnia, those who took 300 mg of ashwagandha twice daily exhibited significant improvements compared to a placebo group of 19 individuals. The group taking ashwagandha experienced faster sleep onset, spent more time asleep while in bed, and reported better overall sleep quality.

Ashwagandha Benefits: Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Ashwagandha has been studied for its potential anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation is associated with various health conditions, and Ashwagandha may help modulate the immune system's response, potentially reducing inflammation in the body.

How To Take Ashwagandha

The upside to trying ashwagandha is that it comes in a variety of different forms to fit your needs — from supplements and capsules to powders and liquid extracts.

While Ashwagandha is generally considered safe for most people when used as directed, it's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before adding any new supplement to your routine, especially if you have underlying health conditions, are pregnant, breastfeeding, or are taking medications.

According to experts, a 300-milligram dose of ashwagandha is a safe place to start; any larger doses could potentially lead to side effects like vomiting and diarrhea. To maximize the balancing effects of ashwagandha, it is suggested to take smaller doses in the morning, on an empty stomach.

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