Ashwagandha: The Stress Complement You Would possibly Want Proper Now
As with borage oil benefits, figuring out how new varieties of botanicals can help us navigate our lives and personal health can be an insightful experience. Today we are putting Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) in the spotlight, a plant native to India and North Africa whose roots and leaves have been used as one of the main anti-stress medicines in Ayurveda for more than 3,000 years.
Soothe your stress
Stress is an all too well-known issue right now as many people around the world feel confused, anxious, and downright terrified about the effects of COVID-19 and the state of the world in general. While exercise, meditation, and open conversations with others can be helpful in dealing with stress, it is good to know that we can also turn to the world of natural medicine.
Ashwagandha, also known as “Indian Winter Cherry” or “Indian Ginseng”, has been used as an adaptogenic tonic to combat stress for thousands of years. Ashwagandha root is usually ground into a fine powder and can be consumed after mixing with water and honey or in smoothies.
Studies around the world have explored the benefits and links between ashwagandha root and stress. Researchers in India, through a recent small randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that those who took ashwagandha supplements daily for 60 days reported reductions in stress levels and improved mental wellbeing.
And it’s not just stress and anxiety that ashwagandha can help with. In 2017, a university sleep institute in Japan found that ashwagandha can have a significant impact on those struggling with insomnia. A water extract from ashwagandha leaves was discovered to contain triethylene glycol (TEG), a chemical that promotes non-rapid eye movement, an essential part of a good night’s sleep.
Additional studies have also shown that ashwagandha can improve memory and cognitive functions in people with mild cognitive impairments. In a 2017 study of 50 adults, those treated with ashwagandha root showed improvements in memory, attention span, and the speed of information processing.
Ashwagandha supplements are available in capsule form. However, it is best to check with your local health food store or health practitioner to see if this is a good way to combat stress and achieve much-needed relaxation.