What is Ashwagandha?
This herb is from the nightshade family. The evergreen shrub is small and plump with oval leaves, yellow green flowers and small red orange fruits. Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) is an exotic herb that is native to India, but this herb can also be found in the arid regions of the Middle East and North Africa. Today however, it is also grown in mild climates including the US. The herb is known by several names: Winter Cherry, Poison Gooseberry and Indian Ginseng. This last tag name was given to ashwagandha on account of its powerful nutrients and amazing health benefits. However, ashwagandha and ginseng are botanically unrelated.
Ashwagandha, which is typically derived from the roots and leaves of the plant, has been used in ayurvedic medicine for over 4,000 years. The ancients have utilised this herb to treat a very wide variety of conditions such as an energiser, rejuvenating tonic, sedative, anti-inflammatory agent and many more. Because of this, they also considered it a “magical herb.” Ashwagandha is best known for its restorative effects and nourishing nature. Traditionally, this “rejuvenative” herb is prescribed to people who are recovering from illnesses.
What are the benefits of Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha has long been used to treat a variety of ailments, and it continues to gain popularity as more research is conducted on its benefits. This adaptogenic herb is perhaps best known for its ability to reduce stress and fatigue and to reduce cortisol levels. It can also benefit cognition, reduce inflammation, improve the immune system, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, promote longevity, and aid in weight management. Additionally, ashwagandha may be effective in increasing libido and fertility in men and women alike. Taking all this into account, it’s easy to see why ashwagandha is becoming one of the most popular natural remedies around!
How to take ashwagandha?
You can take ashwagandha powder by mixing it with water, milk, or yogurt. You can also add it to smoothies or other foods. Some people find that taking ashwagandha with food helps to reduce gastrointestinal side effects like diarrhea.
How much ashwagandha powder should i take per day?
Start with a low dose and gradually increase the amount you take as needed. It’s generally recommended to start with 1/2 – 1 teaspoon per day and then work your way up to 1-2 teaspoons per day. Take ashwagandha for at least 2 weeks before assessing its benefit. If you don’t experience any benefits after taking ashwagandha for several weeks, discontinue use.