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Ingredient Spotlight: Ashwagandha

Ingredient Spotlight: Ashwagandha

When we set out to create a supplement to re-sync circadian rhythms and help the world sleep better, we were adamant on finding the right natural ingredients for each solution. Every ingredient we chose and every formulation we developed was because of scientific research conducted on how our internal clocks function. We have six main ingredients that make up our patent-pending Circadian Timing Blend found in each of our products: ETAS™ (Enzyme-treated asparagus extract), Curry Tree Leaf extract, Citrus Polymethoxylated Flavones, including Nobiletin and Tangeretin, Zembrin®, Ashwagandha extract and Black Turmeric extract. Each ingredient plays a unique and vital role in helping our bodies get back into sync. We highlight each of our ingredients on our website but today we’re digging a little deeper into Ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha as a food

What 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 supplement

Ashwagandha 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 it

Stress 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.
For more information about Ashwagandha and its usage in RestoreZ visit our Natural Sleep Aid Ingredients page.