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National Stress Awareness Month

In honor of National Stress Awareness Month, we wanted to highlight the powerful stress-reducing benefits of Ashwagandha! This is a traditional Ayurvedic herb which has been used for more than four thousand years in India, Africa, and the Middle East. Due to emerging research, Ashwagandha is finally beginning to become popular in the western world!

Health Benefits:

Ashwagandha is an “Adaptogen”, meaning that it helps your body adapt to all types of stressors: physical, emotional, and psychological. Research has shown some of the following benefits:

  • Stress: By acting on the brain’s hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA Axis), ashwagandha can lower cortisol and enhance the release of brain chemicals that make us feel calm and happy.

  • Sleep: Due to the natural calming effect of ashwagandha, this herb has been shown to help improve both sleep quantity and quality in adults!

  • Performance: Ashwagandha has been shown to balance anabolic hormones, leading to improvements in strength and endurance, as well as cognitive performance!

How To Take It:

To see the best effects of ashwagandha, you need to take it daily for several weeks. This is true for all adaptogenic herbs, so don’t expect to feel anything after just one dose!

Recommended Dose: 250-1000 mg full-spectrum root extract (capsule form)

Best Supplements:

· KSM-66: KSM-66 Ashwagandha Root Powder Extract

· Gaia Herbs: Gaia Herbs Ashwagandha Root

Disclaimer: While ashwagandha is considered to be safe and non-toxic, you should always consult with a healthcare professional to ensure that it is right for you. There are some contraindications, meaning some people need to be careful depending on certain health conditions or medications they take.

Lopresti, A. L., & Smith, S. J. (2021). Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) for the treatment and enhancement of mental and physical conditions: A systematic review of human trials. Journal of Herbal Medicine, 28, 100434.

O'Connor, J., Lindsay, K., Baker, C., Kirby, J., Hutchins, A., & Harris, M. (2022). The impact of ashwagandha on stress, sleep quality, and food cravings in college students: Quantitative analysis of a double-blind randomized control trial.Journal of Medicinal Food,25(12), 1086-1094

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