Ashwagandha as a foodWhat is Ashwagandha? Though it is not commonly used by itself, Ashwagandha can be added to food and to drinks to build up immunities after an illness. It has been called “Indian ginseng” though it is not related to traditional Chinese and Korean ginseng.
Ashwagandha as a supplementAshwagandha is an adaptogenic, which means it can help the body manage stress and calm the brain. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for over 3000 years to improve mood, increase energy, relieve stress and anxiety, and improve concentration. Ashwagandha is used to reduce inflammation of the joints and lower blood sugar levels. Research is being performed to see what the affects are on cancer, obesity and other neurodegenerative disorders.
Why we chose itStress can cause us to lay awake at night worrying about this and that and there goes our opportunity to get a full night’s sleep. Stress affects our health in many different ways, such as contributing to diabetes, weight gain, and a reduction in energy levels. We have chosen Ashwagandha specifically for its cell regenerative and stress relieving properties and its ability to reduce anxiety and depression. All factors that can affect our circadian rhythm and cause lack of sleep.
Fun facts about Ashwagandha:
- “Ashwagandha is Sanskrit, meaning “smell of the horse” due to its unique smell and ability to increase strength.
- Ashwagandha’s botanical name is Withania somnifera, also known as Indian ginseng and winter cherry.
- Part of the nightshade family, which is the same family as the tomato & potato.
- Somnifera means “sleep inducing” in Latin.