Ashwagandha is a small evergreen shrub that originates from parts of India, the Middle East and Africa. Its unusual name relates to the way it smells – ashwagandha roots smell like a horse, with ‘ashwa’ meaning horse.1 It’s these tube-like roots that are harvested, dried and ground down into a powder.2 The ashwagandha plant is renowned for being one of the most powerful herbs, which spans back thousands of years. As well as being an ancient herb, it’s also known for being an adaptogen, which means it contains a mix of amino acids, herbs and vitamins that can help the body manage stress.3
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What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is a small evergreen shrub that originates from parts of India, the Middle East and Africa. Its unusual name relates to the way it smells, ashwagandha roots smell like a horse, with ‘ashwa’ meaning horse. It’s these tube-like roots that are harvested, dried and ground down into a powder. The ashwagandha plant is renowned for being one of the most powerful herbs, which spans back thousands of years. As well as being an ancient herb, it’s also known for being an adaptogen, which means it contains a mix of amino acids, herbs and vitamins that can help the body manage stress.
Ashwagandha has been used for many things over the last 3,000 years. This includes relieving stress, aiding sleep, increasing energy levels and improving concentration. Overall, it’s earned itself somewhat of a big reputation over the years for coping with stress (thanks to the adaptogens) and improving thinking ability (e.g. attention and concentration levels).
The benefits of using ashwagandha are widespread and include:6
- Reducing blood sugar levels
- Increasing muscle mass
- Reducing inflammation
- Lowering cholesterol
- Improving concentration and memory
- Lowering cortisol levels
How to use ashwagandha
There are various different ways you can take ashwagandha. You can buy ashwagandha powder. You can also get ashwagandha supplement capsules and liquid too.
How you choose to take ashwagandha is very much down to personal preference, and the amount you take depends on what you are taking it for.
Ashwagandha dosage according to usage:
- Cortisol (stress hormone) levels – it’s recommended you should take 500 to 600mg a day for six to 12 weeks.
- Blood sugar levels – you should take between 250mg to 3g split into two to three equal doses throughout the day.
The traditional way of consuming Ashwagandha is in a nourishing night time drink
How to make Ayurvedic Bed time Milk with ashwagandha powder
- 1 cup milk of choice (whole, almond, coconut, etc.)
- 1 tsp ashwagandha powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ghee
- 1 tsp jaggery or maple syrup
Simmer the milk, then whisk in the ashwagandha, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Simmer for another five minutes before adding the ghee. Sweeten with maple syrup or jaggery, if you like.
The recommended guidance for adults is once a day, preferably with food or water.
What are Withanolides?
If you’ve checked out the Nature’s Way capsules, then you may have spotted that they contain 20mg of Withanolides in addition to the 500mg of ashwagandha root extract.
For those of you who haven’t come across this phrase, Withanolides are the primary active ingredient in ashwagandha. The level of Withanolides, which are mainly found in ashwagandha roots, varies from one extract to the other.
Ashwagandha side effects
As with taking any supplement, it’s important ashwagandha is taken in line with the manufacturer’s guidance.
We hope you’re feeling a bit more clued up about ashwagandha, especially when it comes to knowing what it’s used for and how to potentially start using it yourself. If you are planning on using it, always read the labels and follow the recommended intake levels.