What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha, also known as Withania somnifera and “Indian Ginseng” is a small woody herb with yellow flowers originating in India and North Africa. Today, Ashwagandha is also grown in the United States in more mild climates. It’s used in traditional practices in India known as Ayurveda. The Ashwagandha root has a “horsey smell” (Ashva in Sanskrit translates to “horse” and gandha means “smell”). The Ashwagandha root contains several bioactive compounds, one of which is Withanolides. Withanolides are a group of flavonoids that help promote energy and focus, healthy stress levels and cognitive function.
The use of Ashwagandha root dates back to almost 3000 years to the Indian and Middle East regions and has been highly researched over the years for its beneficial effects on stress.
Ashwagandha Benefits and Uses
Clinical trials and research studies have found that Ashwagandha has properties that can lower cortisol (the stress hormone) and promote cardiovascular health. The effects Ashwagandha has on cortisol levels may also promote restful sleep. Data from smaller studies suggests that Ashwagandha may also promote healthy growth and development and support joint health due to the iron content.
Ashwagandha Benefits may include:
- May help support healthy stress levels
- May help promote energy and focus
- May help support cognitive function
- May help Neuroprotection
- May help promote restful sleep
What is Ashwagandha Used For?
Ashwagandha is also classified as an Adaptogen. Adaptogens are substances that are able to reduce the effects of stressors. In Ayurvedic practices, Ashwagandha root benefits have the ability to support immune health, healthy stress levels, and skin health. Ayurvedic practices are based on the belief that the things we consume are used as fuel to create and maintain our cells and organs. It’s also considered a Rasayana, a term referring to the highest tier of Ayurvedic herbs that promote vitality, longevity, and happiness. Ashwagandha is traditionally used as a tonic for hormonal function, sleep quality, memory and relaxation.
Is This Ashwagandha Extract Standardized to Withanolides?
Yes, Nootropics Depot’s Ashwagandha Extract is standardized to 4-5% Withanolides.
Withanolides exist in plants belonging to the Solanaceae family. Of the plants in this category, Ashwagandha has the highest concentrations of withanolides. Withanolides are known for their properties supporting pain management and promoting feelings of restfulness. This formulation of Ashwagandha has a balanced blend of withanolides at 4-5%.
Withanolides are primarily responsible for Ashwagandha’s adaptogenic properties. Withanolide A, which is one of the most abundant withanolides in Ashwaghanda, has been reported to fully regulate elevated cortisol levels in animal studies.
How to Take Ashwagandha and Ashwagandha Dosage
As a dietary supplement take 500mg of Ashwagandha Extract once daily.
Where to Buy Ashwagandha Capsules
Nootropics Depot offers 90ct. or 180ct. jars of Ashwagandha Extract capsules (4-5% Withanolides). Nootropics Depot's Ashwagandha extract has been lab-tested and verified for both product purity and identity. You may also like our Ashwagandha extract powder.
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