In this post, we cover an herb that has recently gained attention and curiosity, ashwagandha. Here, you’ll find answers to common questions, such as “What are the benefits of ashwagandha?” And comparisons with other popular herbal adaptogens.
Ashwagandha is a natural herb that initially comes from Ayurveda. This herb comes from a class of herbs known as adaptogens. The adaptogen can support and enhance the body’s resilience to stress. Although there are plenty of adaptogens available today, Ashwagandha or Withania Somnifera is a popular herbal product with roots in traditional medicine. (1And the2)
You may see ashwagandha listed on labels as:
- Withania somnifera
- Indian ginseng
- Winter cherry
But in addition to these effects, it may also help:
- reduce cortisol levels (8And the9And the10)
- improve sleep (10And the11)
- improve exercise performance and recovery (12And the13And the14And the15)
- increase sexual function (16And the17)
- boost testosterone (5And the15)
- fertility assistance (17And the18)
- reduce blood sugar levels (18And the19)
- improve inflammation (10And the20)
- Support for cognitive functions6And the10And the21And the22)
Most of these benefits may result from the adaptogen’s powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, ashwagandha contains several bioactive compounds, including steroidal lactones. Among these are the steroidal lactones and withanolides. This compound may be one of the main contributors to the benefits of this adaptogen. However, more research is necessary to understand the mechanisms of action for each benefit. (20And the23And the24)
In this section, we will be listing popular Ashwagandha products and how to take them!
- Swanson Full Spectrum Ashwagandha
- Optimum Life Extension Ashwagandha
- Now ashwagandha extract
- Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Ashwagandha
How to take Swanson Ashwagandha Full Spectrum?
Manufacturers recommend taking two (2) capsules one to two times daily with water.
Customer review by Erin: “It really works! But keep in mind it will take a few weeks to ‘start working'”. I don’t think I’ve experienced any negative side effects from taking this. Overall I feel a lot more relaxed since taking it. I will continue to buy!”
How to take Optimum Life Extension Ashwagandha:
Manufacturers recommend taking one (1) capsule twice daily on an empty stomach, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.
Customer review by Sean: “I’ve tried a few Ashwagandha products previously but I feel this is the strongest product. I love this brand.”
How to take NOW Foods Ashwagandha Extract:
Manufacturers recommend one (1) capsule two to three times daily. Store in a cool dry place after opening
Customer review by Georgette: I started taking ashwagandha 9 months ago to balance my hormones. I’ve been stressed, without a period for over a year, lost energy and hair falling out. After I took my period for about 6 months, my hair stopped thinning, and I found out I was pregnant with Twins. After not being able to get pregnant at all due to irregular periods, getting pregnant was a huge shock.”
How to take Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Ashwagandha:
The manufacturers recommend taking one (1) tablet twice daily on an empty stomach, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.
Customer review by Carol: “I am so glad I tried this product. I feel calmer and more collected since I started with it, and I even sleep better. It has become a staple in my supplement stack.”
In this section, we will delve into some of the most frequently asked questions about ashwagandha!
Are there side effects?
|Although ashwagandha appears to be safe for most users, more long-term research is necessary to evaluate its safety. Additionally, for some users, ashwagandha may cause drowsiness and sedation. While large doses may cause stomach discomfort.|
Could it cause weight gain or bloating?
|It is not likely to cause weight gain as this conditioner may help manage body weight by reducing cortisol. (25) While higher doses may cause stomach upset, it is not currently clear if ashwagandha causes bloating.|
Ashwagandha VS Rhodiola
|Like Ashwagandha, Rhodiola or Rhodiola rosea is an adaptogen.
This adapter may help:
Who shouldn’t take it?
|While it is generally safe for most people. You should consult your physician if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking medication before taking ashwagandha.|
how much do you take
Most of the studies on ashwagandha use doses of 250-600 mg of the root extract daily. These doses can be divided into morning and evening dose. Some individuals may prefer to take ashwagandha with a meal. †
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