ASHWAGANDHA

Kat Hoyle Updated by Kat Hoyle

Medicinal plants have been used for centuries to alleviate the symptoms of many different conditions, and have a number of proven health benefits. Whilst research is ongoing into the safety and efficacy of certain plants and practices, the world is truly embracing their beneficial properties, especially those of adaptogenic plants. 

One of these adaptogens is Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Also known as Indian Ginseng or Indian Winter Cherry, it is an evergreen shrub found primarily in Africa, India and certain regions of the Middle East. 

It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years to alleviate anxiety, pain and inflammation, as well as helping to increase energy. It is also well known to combat stress and, as I’m sure we all know, the world can be a stressful place to be! Stress can cause a whole host of mental and physical conditions, and it is believed that the use of adaptogens can help to combat this. 

Stress busting! When we become stressed, the levels of cortisol in our system become elevated, our hearts beat faster and we generate more glucose in case we have to run away from whatever is threatening us. However, many of the pressures of life often seem to be never ending. When stress becomes chronic or long-term, it can cause the onset of physical conditions such as obesity and heart disease. Taking ashwagandha can help to balance cortisol levels, and reduce our response to stress, which can reduce the chances of developing chronic conditions relating to stress. Remember, ashwagandha will not cure stress, but it will help you to manage its symptoms alongside a healthy lifestyle. 

Sleep better: In a similar way to stress management, ashwagandha can benefit sleep quality by reducing levels of stress and anxiety. No more sleepless nights!

Lower blood sugar levels and better heart health: This is connected to the lowering of the stress response. When we enter our response, the body creates glucose to provide a burst of energy. Lowering our cortisol and stress levels can help to reduce the amount of sugars in the blood, and has been seen to lower the levels of triglycerides (a fat) in the blood as well. This can help to lower cholesterol, improving the health of our circulatory system and our blood pressure. 

How do I take Ashwagandha

You can find ashwagandha in capsule, tablet or powder form. Research suggests it is better to take it in small increments as lots of ashwagandha at once may upset your stomach, and you might not be able to absorb it all, negating some of the wonderful benefits of this adaptogenic plant. 

If taking it at night, why not consider an indulgent MAGIC Raw Hot Chocolate, the perfect way to relax before bed! Alternatively, our All-In-One, our nutritional shake contains ashwagandha to offer a little stress relief on busy days, as well as an extra nutritional boost. 

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