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7 Things You Didn’t Know About…Ashwagandha!

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If you read this title and thought, “I don’t even know what ashwagandha is,” you’re not alone.

Thanks to a renewed interest in holistic medicine, this Ayurvedic herb is gaining in popularity, but it’s still very much under the radar.

Ashwagandha has been used in India for centuries to boost the immune system, and studies show that it can aid the body in a number of ways, including to combat the physical effects of stress, improve learning and memory, and even offer relief for those who suffer from anxiety and depression.

 

7 Interesting Facts of Ashwagandha:

As the wellness movement grows, you will likely hear more and more about this special herb. When you do, you’ll be armed with these 7 interesting facts:

  1. Something smells…horse-y? The Sanskrit translation of ashwagandha is “the smell of a horse,” which, thankfully, is not literal. The term is meant to indicate that the herb will give one the vigor and strength of a stallion, and, rest assured, it smells simply like a dried herb, not a carriage house.
  2. Brain and body benefits. Ashwagandha is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda, and is used to treat a wide variety of ailments. It not only supports the immune system, but also may stabilize blood sugar and lower cholesterol. It is most commonly used for its effects on mental health. It promotes a sense of calm and relaxation while nourishing the nervous system, which can get overworked when we’re stressed.
  3. An ancient stress-buster. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, which means it promotes homeostasis in your body and enhances its ability to deal with stress. When we are stressed, we pump out more of the hormone cortisol, and studies show that ashwagandha can reduce the amount of it by as much as 26%. This is great news, because chronically elevated cortisol levels increase inflammation and degenerative processes in the body.Another study showed that ashwagandha was able to significantly reduce the number of cells damaged by chronic stress. Using animals, researchers determined that 85% of their cells showed signs of degeneration when they were chronically exposed to stress. Adding ashwagandha to their diet caused that number to drop to just 5%.
  4. Very ancient, that is. The use of ashwagandha dates all the way back to 6000 BC. The roots of the plant are traditionally dried and ground into a powder, which is how you’ll still find it today. It was typically mixed with water in a tea, with ghee (clarified butter), or with honey. A more modern option is to add it to a smoothie!
  5. An “Indian ginseng”? “Indian ginseng” has become a pseudonym for ashwagandha because of its rejuvenating properties (although ashwagandha is actually part of the nightshade family, and is more closely related to the tomato). Taking this herb was customary after an illness to improve the immune system. In addition, ashwagandha is also used to enhance sexual potency for both men and women.
  6. A worldwide herb. While it is typically associated with the Indian wellness system of Ayurveda, ashwagandha, also called winter cherry, grows naturally in both North America and Africa.
  7. An athletic enhancer. Animal tests suggest that supplementing with ashwagandha may significantly improve athletic performance. A study of rats found that they were able to swim twice as long as they normally could when they were given the herb. This could translate to humans as increased endurance.

Have you ever tried ashwagandha? If so, share your experience with us in the comment section below!

 

Julia K. Haramis

Julia is an NYC native and has been an avid student of Yoga for over 15 years. She is Founder of Nutritionista® - Holistic Health Counselor, Yoga Teacher, Home Cook, Foodie and Local/Organic/Slow Food Enthusiast.

Julia K. Haramis

Julia is an NYC native and has been an avid student of Yoga for over 15 years. She is Founder of Nutritionista® - Holistic Health Counselor, Yoga Teacher, Home Cook, Foodie and Local/Organic/Slow Food Enthusiast.

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Roxanne Marquez
Roxanne Marquez 5pts

Yes I order from Swanson health I also take selenium& Norwegian kelp... Make sure if you order when you're searching for them after you enter the name put gluten free after ... If you're gluten free & if you're not you should consider it

Afia Libab
Afia Libab 5pts

It's ashwaghadha roots you can find powder and also tea it's good for fertility also

Ellie Rice
Ellie Rice 5pts

I love it. Has helped me so much with my depression! Not in tears everyday anymore! Thank you ASHWAGANDHA!

Unbreen Malik
Unbreen Malik 5pts

What is ashwagadha.what is its name in Urdu.

Randy Hill
Randy Hill 5pts

Winter cherry, of course! (I read the article)

Sebrina Kolbl
Sebrina Kolbl 5pts

Make that 8 things I don't know about ashwagandha. What's ashwagandha anybody know?

Emma Ella
Emma Ella 5pts

Is it safe while breastfeeding?

Marius Akre
Marius Akre 5pts

Ehh, didnt know? This herb is fantastic. It actually, noticeably works... Both ob the mind, on sleep and performance.

Sameen Siddiqui
Sameen Siddiqui 5pts

Thanksss a lot for the swift response.. Low immunity and lack pf energy is my main concern!!

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

The lowest effective dose for acute usage of ashwagandha, and perhaps the most cost-effective dose, is 300-500mg. The optimal dose is 6,000mg a day usually divided into three doses (2,000mg) and while 300-500mg is effective for most situations a lower dose of 50-100mg can be seen as effective in few instances such as reducing the immunosuppression seen with stress and augmenting anxiolytic (anxiety reducing agents).

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

The lowest effective dose for acute usage of ashwagandha, and perhaps the most cost-effective dose, is 300-500mg. The optimal dose is 6,000mg a day usually divided into three doses (2,000mg) and while 300-500mg is effective for most situations a lower dose of 50-100mg can be seen as effective in few instances such as reducing the immunosuppression seen with stress and augmenting anxiolytic (anxiety reducing agents).

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

You can check online! Jackie Keith :)

Meena Kapoor
Meena Kapoor 5pts

Please anybody to tell,how to use it & how much quantity should take & when to take it.

Lisa Federico
Lisa Federico 5pts

Buy at health food stores. Come in capsules. Love it, helps me sleep.

nishi2013
nishi2013 5pts

It  also helps stabilize  hormonal imbalance in women. Because it reduces Cortisol level, it may even help with reducing belly fat overtime. I have been using it in pill form for over a year. 

Sean Z VW
Sean Z VW 5pts

I have tried it, it works and it gives you strength and you sleep better.

Jackie Keith
Jackie Keith 5pts

Hernandez,where did you purchase it. Thank you

Prncz Hernandez
Prncz Hernandez 5pts

I take it and its amazing! Has helped me with my thyroid issues . Several of my friends are now taking it too

Stephanie Holliday
Stephanie Holliday 5pts

U can buy it in a liquid form w s dropper at health food stores. Spirithawk \U0001f43e\U0001f60e