WHAT IS ASHWAGANDHA?
Ashwagandha is one of the most prominent herbs in Ayurveda. It is native to Asia and Africa and known by several names, including “winter cherry” and “Indian ginseng”. For thousands of years, it has been used to remedy various ailments, relieve stress, and improve concentration. Today, you can find ashwagandha-based products in the form of tablets, teas, powders, capsules, and syrup.
WHAT IS ASHWAGANDHA GOOD FOR?
Ashwagandha has several science-backed health benefits:
- Classified as an adaptogen, Ashwagandha may help reduce stress. This is seen in a study where participants who received large doses of ashwagandha extract had lower cortisol levels. Additionally, they noted an improvement in sleep quality.
- In some clinical studies, diabetic participants who received treatment with Ashwagandha demonstrated lower blood sugar levels and oxidative stress markers.
- Scientists believe that a compound within Ashwagandha called “withaferin A (WA)” has anti-inflammatory properties. The activity of WA may help prevent chronic diseases.
- A review of 5 clinical studies pointed out the potential benefits of Ashwagandha to cognitive function.
- A review of 12 studies has noted this herb may enhance athletic performance by increasing muscle strength and oxygen consumption.
IS IT SAFE TO TAKE ASHWAGANDHA DAILY LONG TERM?
Chemical analysis showed that there are no toxic compounds in Ashwagandha. Therefore, it is considered safe for human consumption. Consult your healthcare provider before taking any supplement, especially if you have any existing health condition.
HOW MUCH ASHWAGANDHA DO I NEED?
There has yet to be a recommended daily intake for Ashwagandha. However, 250 to 500mg daily seems capable of bringing positive results. While it’s considered safe for most people, women who are pregnant or lactating and individuals under medications may have to avoid it.