With so many vitamins and supplements on the market, it’s difficult to know what to spend your money on. When discussing what topics to feature in this newsletter, several team members mentioned ashwagandha. The prized herb of India, ashwagandha has been used for centuries to help relieve stress and improve anxiety and mood.
Ashwagandha is now becoming more and more popular for other health benefits. It can help revitalize your life, both physically and mentally, by helping increase your energy levels and improving your sleep quality, which in turn helps with mental clarity. Extracts from the ashwagandha plant work in a variety of ways. They seem to have a neuro-protective impact on the brain which helps with memory retention and cognitive function while also calming the mind. The herb even seems to help reduce inflammation in the body, which can protect you from a host of illnesses.
Remember that you should always consult your physician before taking a new supplement, especially if you are on other medications. Ashwagandha is typically well tolerated by most people, but it can cause upset stomach and diarrhea in large doses. In rare cases, it can also cause damage to the liver. Ashwagandha is not safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
When looking for a great ashwagandha product, keep in mind that the best forms typically come from ashwagandha root extract and the fruit of the plant. Also look for at least 1.5% withanolides, the compound responsible for its many healing properties. We like Healthy Living Solutions’ Ashwagandha Extract 500mg (60ct, $19.80). Recommended dosing is just one capsule per day.
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