Meet the Herbs: Ashwagandha
Herbs and medicinal plants have long been used to optimise overall health and well-being, and in this series we will take a deeper look at some of our favourite herbs for supporting health. Ashwagandha is an ancient herb, and considered a rejuvenating tonic in Aryuvedic medicine.
Ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years for its stress relieving, energy supporting, and cognitive benefits. Its name comes from Sanskrit and is a combination of the word ashva, meaning horse, and gandha, meaning smell, referring to it’s aroma that is described as ‘horse like’ and ability to support strength and vitality. It is also known as ‘withania somnifera’, and indian ginseng due to its stress relieving, and stamina enhancing benefits. It is a small shrub native to India and northern Africa. The root and leaves are most commonly used for their medicinal benefits. It was traditionally used as a nervine tonic, and to treat joint complaints, stress, insomnia, cognitive issues and more.
Ashwagandha is rich in a variety of active compounds that may influence important body processes. Many of its benefits are down to its withanolides compounds which are anti-inflammatory and have been shown to improve cognitive functioning. It also contains many phenolic compounds- including flavonoids which have hypoglycemic activity and have been shown to have anti-diabetic effects. Its powerful antioxidants also help to destroy the free radicals that cause damage in our body. It also contains alkaloids, amino acids, neurotransmitters, sterols, tannins, lignans and triterpenes.
Ashwagandha is considered an adaptogen, helping the body to cope when under stress and bringing it back into balance. It has benefits for many body systems, including the immune, neurological, endocrine and reproductive systems. It’s valued for its thyroid-modulating, neuroprotective, anti-anxiety, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties.
It has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, which are stress hormones that can become chronically elevated. It also supports thyroid and adrenal function, and offers benefits for male fertility and healthy testosterone levels.
Ashwagandha has also been shown to significantly impact athletic performance by supporting heart and lung capacity. It is beneficial for those who are training a lot, or struggling with low energy levels.
Who should use Ashwagandha Alive?
Stress is linked to many aspects of physical and mental health. Over time, stress can negatively affect overall well-being. While it is best to address the root cause of stress, Ashwagandha can help to support the body, helping to prevent and combat the damaging effects of everyday stressors.
Ashwagandha is a great support for busy, stressful lives. It offers benefits for the nervous system, cognitive functioning, low mood, and sleep disturbances.
Why Fermented Ashwagandha Alive?
We use the ancient art of fermentation with our unique kefir-kombucha process to enhance and activate our herbs. Many of the actives contained in the herbs increase in potency, and become much more bio-available to us. A well-regarded herb in ancient Ayurvedic medicine, Ashwagandha is highly prized for its many benefits to the mind, body and spirit. We use our unique fermentation process to create a highly active, highly bio-available form of Ashwagandha.
How to use
Start with one capsule of Ashwagandha Alive fermented supplements a day for a week and you can increase to two capsules a day after this if needed. It can be taken in the daytime to help the body cope with busy, stressful days, or later in the evening to support deeper, restful sleep.