Organic Indian Ashwagandha or Withania somnifera is an Indian herb considered a useful tonic that has been used in Ayurveda, an alternative form of medicine based on Indian principles of natural healing.
It has proven may help to reduce stress and anxiety disorders or even treat other hormonal disbalances.
It is used by people affected by emotional, psychological, metabolic, and physiological problems.
Ashwagandha powder is most well-known for lower blood sugar levels, lower cortisol, and increases brain function.
“Ashwagandha provides great health benefits thanks to its versatile properties and its high concentration of withanolides.” - Chopra
Before mentioning what this herb can do for us, it is necessary to know about these major issues that everyone experiences at least once on any given day.
According to the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), Nearly 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from an anxiety disorder.
And three out of four Americans reported feeling stressed as the American Psychological Association (APA) states.
Although brief exposure to the stress response is intended to be a beneficial coping mechanism, long-term stress is likely to lead to a decline in overall health and the complication of existing diseases.
After seeing this important information, it is now necessary to know how Ashwagandha can help us control this.
The main active compounds that would help reduce anxiety and stress, and also with the physiological balance, would be the alkaloids and lactones in this herb, known as Withanolides, which would act as hormonal precursors.
Anxiety is often accompanied by stress, which is the body's physiological response to physical or mental threats. Thus, the adrenal glands obtain cortisol in response to stress.
Studies have shown that ashwagandha may help reduce cortisol levels. Researchers have reported that it blocks the stress pathway and regulates chemical signaling in the nervous system.
This herb not only decreases stress, but it reduces symptoms of depression.
Having high levels of cortisol causes insomnia, stress, weakens the immune system, and makes people feel anxious and depressed. Since Ashwagandha lowers cortisol levels on blood it will help you with these symptoms.
“In one study on 64 stressed adults, those who took 600 mg of high-concentration ashwagandha extract per day reported a 79% reduction in severe depression, while the placebo group reported a 10% increase.”- Indian J Psychol Med
In five studies, "it was concluded that the Withania somnifera intervention had better results than the placebo given to volunteers who had symptoms of stress and anxiety". - Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Ashwagandha extract is a natural compound with sleep-inducing potential that improves sleep quality and sleep onset latency in patients with insomnia at a dose of 300 mg extract twice daily. - J Ayurveda Integr Med
Ashwagandha can stimulate the secretion of insulin in the bloodstream and reduce sugar levels in the blood.
Also, studies have shown that ashwagandha can be a catalyst in aiding the increase of the red blood cell, white blood cell, and platelet count, which in turn results in better immunity.
“Ashwagandha may reduce blood sugar levels through its effects on insulin secretion and sensitivity.” - Indian J Exp Biol
Ashwagandha is also very rich in iron. People suffering from iron-deficient anemia can consume it regularly for better results along with the doctor’s prescribed medicine and a balanced diet.
Ashwagandha supplements may have powerful effects on testosterone levels and reproductive health.
“Ashwagandha may also be able to help men struggling with infertility.”- National Center For Biotechnology Information.
This herb may also improve body composition and increase strength.
Researches found that Ashwagandha supplementation is associated with significant increases in muscle mass and strength. They suggest that this may be useful in conjunction with a resistance training program. - J Int Soc Sports Nutr
Test-tube and animal studies suggest that ashwagandha may mitigate memory and brain function problems caused by injury or disease.
This herb may be effective in enhancing both immediate and general memory in people with MCI as well as improving executive function, attention, and information processing speed.
“Ashwagandha root improves focus and attention, facilitates choline production in the body, which in turn influences key memory processes. Moreover, it has antioxidant effects that may protect from nerve cell degeneration.”- Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
"Although, there is a vague understanding of the mechanistic pathways involved in imparting the neuroprotective effect of Ashwagandha. The results on Ashwagandha suggesting its extensive potential as neuroprotective in various brain disorders as supported by preclinical studies, clinical trials, and published patents." - Journal of Ethnopharmacol
We all know that the liver can be damaged due to prolonged use, and higher doses of medications, exposure to some chemicals, toxins, or infectious agents.
However, herbal plants like Ashwagandha have free radical scavenging activity so that it can be used for the prevention and treatment of liver damage.
The effects of Ashwagandha depend on the dose.
The main structures within Ashwagandha are steroidal lactones or glycosides of the withanolides.
These structures are unique in this herb, and this is how they work:
But! You should pay attention to what part of Ashwagandha you are taking. These compounds are more active in the root of the plant.
You might have heard that Ashwagandha is also known as KSM 99. What's the difference?
When we say KSM, it means that it is made of 100% Ashwagandha root, no other parts like stems, leaves, or flowers. Just the root.
Stems, leaves, flowers have the same compounds as the root, but to a lesser degree. So, if you want a powerful, safe, and effective product, you should make sure that it is made of the root.
Any Ashwagandha supplement with extract of the root will be beneficial. The herb comes in capsule or powder form, and either is acceptable for use.
Some prefer the capsules due to the peculiar smell of the herb. But others often put a tablespoon of the ashwagandha root extract powder in tea or smoothie in the morning to start the day and keep stress low as the day progresses.
Do I take Ashwagandha in the morning or at night? This is a common question.
The time of the day you take Ashwagandha has a huge impact on the benefits and effects you get from them.
If you are looking to reduce blood sugar levels and reduce the anxiety, you should take ashwagandha in the morning.
You should consume it at night if you want to increase muscle mass, lower Cortisol levels, and boost testosterone.
That varies depending on how much stress and anxiety you feel.
Experts typically recommend a dosage of 2-6 grams of ashwagandha root daily based on your stress level.
For anyone under extreme stress or pressure, the dosage can be increased to 6 grams.
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