Where Does Ashwagandha Come From?
Ashwagandha is a beautiful little evergreen shrub coming out of India, the Middle East and some parts of Africa. You wouldn’t think a shrub could have so many benefits in the human body, however, its orange-red fruit and roots have been used medicinally for thousands of years.
Also known as Indian Ginseng, Winter Cherry or Withania Somnifera, ashwagandha is an adaptogen. The NCBI explains that originally, adaptogens were seen to aid in stress linked to the immune system. With further research, we can now see that “adaptogens exhibit neuroprotective (protect nerve cells.), anti-fatigue, antidepressive, anxiolytic (reduce anxiety.), nootropic (enhance memory and cognitive functions.) and CNS stimulating (speed up mental and physical processes.) activity. ”Showcasing just how powerful this herb can truly be.
Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional system of medicine utilized in India which can be traced back to around 6000 BC, has known about this powerful herb for a while. So much so, it has been used for a large variety of ailments. A doctor included them as being
- Helping decrease inflammation and protect against oxidative damage
- Acting as a natural stress reliever, such as by helping maintain homeostasis even in moments of emotional or physical stress
- Lowering cortisol levels (considered one of the body’s main stress hormones)
- Balancing thyroid hormones
- Strengthening the immune system after illness
- Enhancing stamina and physical performance and building muscle strength
- Treating adrenal fatigue
- Improving sleep quality
- Reducing anxiety and depression
- Reducing brain cell degeneration
- Normalizing blood sugar and helping to protect against diabetes
- Lowering cholesterol and triglycerides
- Potentially helping prevent heart disease, stroke and cancer
- Boosting fertility, including by improving sperm count in males
- Managing symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Despite being often used as a tonic, today we see it coming in many forms such as teas, powders, tinctures and the much easier capsule form. Therefore, the dosage can very much depend on not only what form you take, but what you want to be taking it for. Our Natural Ashwagandha capsules are 1300mg with 10mg of black pepper. For the best results, it is recommended to take with meals or as directed by your healthcare professional.
Black Pepper For Absorption Benefits
You may have heard about black pepper being added to turmeric consumption as it allows the absorption rate to be up to 2000% stronger. Well, this same bioavailability occurs when added to ashwagandha too. This means that adding black pepper, even a small amount, can aid the body in absorbing more of the nutrients it needs to thrive. With 10mg found in our Natural Ashwagandha supplement, we do our best to help you absorb as much of this powerful herb as your body is able to.
Promote Stress Relief Naturally
When it comes to stress, Ashwagandha seems to be king. As an adaptogen, it can help in managing stress and stress symptoms. A doctor once explained this is due to “the presence of protective compounds called withanolides, a group of steroidal lactones, such as withaferin A, withanolide D and with anyone. Additionally, ashwagandha has been found to contain many other health-promoting substances, including flavonoids, catalase, superoxide dismutase, glutathione, alkaloids, amino acids, sterols, tannins and lignans.”In simpler terms, a heck of a lot of the good stuff.
While we often look to fight off our stresses, or any of the many symptoms that come along with high and prolonged stress, it is good to know you can do this naturally. A natural supplement will allow you to sidestep any negative side effects and can even look to benefit other parts of your mental and physical wellbeing.
Just as ashwagandha can aid in stress, this popular herb can also support our overall mood. This is due to its relaxing and calming qualities which are brought on by being able to lower cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone. When our cortisol levels are high, we are at risk of high blood pressure, increased fat storage, and muscle weakness. By lowering the stress hormone naturally, we are able to see good vibes, are able to handle negative situations better and we can even see some anti-depressant qualities.
With stress being one of the most common factors in sleep disorders, by lowering our stress levels, we can increase sleep time. A 10-week study found that Ashwagandha root is “a natural compound with sleep-inducing potential, well-tolerated and improves sleep quality and sleep onset latency in patients with insomnia.” Despite more studies needed, this is great news.
Supporting Healthy Nervous System
Our nervous systems are the body's communication system which basically controls much of what our body does. It includes our brain, spinal cord and nerves and allows us to do normal things like walk, speak, learn, breathe and most importantly, how our body reacts to emergencies.
The amazing thing about ashwagandha is its effects on our nervous system and its “ability to bring the body, mind and spirit into harmony, that leads to ultimate rejuvenation” according to India Today. More scientifically, ashwagandha is being studied for its protection against dementia, Alzheimer's disease and its ability to boost cognitive function and memory. It seems that it “improves communication between nerve cells and stimulates the body's capacity to heal any nervous system damage.” This is mainly due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Helping With Energy
As an herb that has been used for over 300 years to increase energy levels, which also elevates mood and fatigue, it is an herb to add to your lifestyle if you need an extra boost. Mainly because of all of the reasons stated previously. Ashwagandha's adaptogen qualities, ability to alleviate stress, aid in sleep, support the nervous system, etc. are all reasons as to why this herb can boost our energy so much. When we are able to deal with negative emotions like anxiety, stress, depression, we bring on a more positive mood and bring our energy levels up.
As for actual physical exercise, a study suggested that taking ashwagandha could potentially improve endurance during exercise. They found that supplementing ashwagandha showed “significant improvement in the experimental group in all parameters…and time for exhaustion on treadmill in comparison to the placebo group which did not show any change with respect to their baseline parameters. ”Proving that ashwagandha was able to improve endurance in athletes.
Ashwagandha For LifeStyle Changes
As we speak favourably of this natural herb, it is important to note that ashwagandha will not be a one-stop stress reliever when taken. As a plant, and not specifically a medication, ashwagandha takes time and needs consistency to see the amazing effects it can have. Essentially, ashwagandha is a long-term treatment, and there is no better time than now to add this into your daily routine.
Ashwagandha is becoming more and more popular as the benefits are beginning to come to the surface. With our Natural Ashwagandha supplement, you will be able to reap all the rewards that this powerful herb has to offer!
Written By: Kristina Innemee