An herb whose name means the 'smell of the horse,' Ashwagandha is ideal for anyone who'd like to experience the strength and vigor of a stallion. Stress, anxiety, and depression will become a thing of the past.
- Dosage per day: 500 – 1000 mg
- Extended usage: Long-term supplementation with Ashwagandha appears to be safe and is not habit-forming.
What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is a highly prized tonic herb in Ayurvedic healing – this ancient remedy has various remarkable therapeutic uses. As a perennial herb native to Southern Asia, it’s typically cultivated in the drier regions of Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and India. Ashwagandha is botanically related to potatoes, pepper, and tomatoes. The herb is also known as an adaptogen; it helps your body cope with stress, both mentally and physically.
Benefits of Ashwagandha
Enhances cognitive functions
In today’s world, you're expected to excel at work and personal life, travel the world yet nurture your work, and be creative but physically fit all at the same time. You're, undoubtedly, stressed out. Unfortunately, research shows that chronic stress can trigger adverse changes in your brain structure and function, which appear to be permanent. Well, unless you intervene with an adaptogen, like Ashwagandha. Through modulating levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and glutamate, Ashwagandha reverses the damage done to your brain, improving both learning and memory. A mind-rejuvenating herb? Indeed.
Reduces stress and anxiety
Suffering from severe fatigue, brain fog, and disrupted sleep? Those are all the signs of chronic stress, and Ashwagandha can help. By enhancing GABA receptors and serotonin levels in the brain, it inhibits the signals typically present during a stress response, in turn, down-regulating anxiety levels. Not only will you – finally – wake up refreshed and eager to start your day, but you'll also experience a restored sense of self-confidence. No more battling with mental demons under your bed covers, it's time to be the best version of yourself!
Alleviates symptoms of depression
Do you often feel like you have this bottomless pit of sadness in your stomach that you can't get rid of, no matter how hard you try? There's light at the end of the tunnel. Many biohackers report Ashwagandha to be the best antidepressant they've ever used – while on it, they're finally able to concentrate, focus, and are motivated to live life presently once again. The herb's antidepressant properties are also supported by a study, where the subjects who took Ashwagandha extract daily reported a nearly 8-fold reduction in severe depression, in comparison to those who ingested placebo pills.
Ashwagandha side effects
Ashwagandha is safe and non-toxic when taken at the recommended dosage. However, large doses might cause stomach upset, diarrhea, and vomiting. Also, individuals belonging to the following groups should exercise caution and avoid supplementing with the herb:
- Individuals with high or low blood pressure
- Pregnant or lactating women
- Sufferers of auto-immune diseases
- Thyroid disorder patients