Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha

What Is It:

Ashwagandha, Withania somnifera also known as Indian ginseng and winter cherry, is a medicinal herb known for its restorative and rejuvenating benefits.

Historic and Ancient Usage:

Ashwagandha has been used medicinally in India for thousands of years. Used as a non-stimulant adaptogen in Ayurvedic medicine, its use extends back over 3,000 years. It has also been used traditionally as a tonic herb for managing stress and promoting longevity.

How It Works:

Ashwaghanda’s adaptogenic function helps improve mood and overall well-being by reducing stress, and balancing and harmonizing the body’s systems. This balancing effect helps to keep our systems synchronized and in equilibrium with one another. It may also have a balancing effect on circadian function. The ability to manage and adapt to stressful situations will also support healthy hormone function that influences immunity, hunger, fat storage, emotional well-being and sleep.

The balancing of our circadian rhythm is considered highly connected to our stress response. As our stress responsiveness varies over the course of the day, it directly affects the regulation of our circadian clock. Ashwagandha is known to help offset the negative effects of stress and protects our brain and circadian rhythm from the harmful effects of stress.

Why It Matters:

Stress is an inescapable reality of our modern lifestyles and an important factor in causing and/or aggravating chronic illnesses so it’s important to get it under control. Additionally, stress causes circadian rhythm disruption and, in return, circadian rhythm dysfunction itself may also be a stressor.

Ashwagandha is:

  • Dairy free
  • Soy free
  • Egg free
  • Made without Gluten
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Self-affirmed GRAS

SCIENCE GEEK ALERT

Science Proves It:

Studies on our optimized, patented extract of ashwagandha have shown that individuals reported better energy levels, improved mental cognition, healthy heart function, less fatigue and more restful sleep. Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone” because it produces a wide range of stress-related symptoms. Ashwagandha works by lowering cortisol levels in the body, which improves stress-related symptoms.