What is it Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda, which is a traditional form of alternative medicine based on Indian principles of natural healing. Its botanical name is Withania somnifera, and it’s also known by several other names, including Indian ginseng and winter cherry. The ashwagandha plant is a small shrub with yellow flowers that’s native to India and Southeast Asia. Extracts or powder are made from the plant’s roots or leaves.
Natural, low carb, and linked to many health benefits, including:
- May help reduce stress and anxiety
- May benefit athletic performance
- May reduce mental health condition symptoms
- May boost testosterone and increase male fertility
- May reduce blood sugar levels
- May reduce inflammation
- May improve brain function and memory
- May help improve sleep
Research findings suggest that ashwagandha’s effects aren’t immediate, so keep in mind that you may have to take it for several months before you start noticing its effects.
Possible Side Effects From Ingesting Ashwagandha?
Upper gastrointestinal discomfort, drowsiness, and diarrhea.
**Certain people should not take it. For example, pregnant people should avoid it because it may cause pregnancy loss if used in high doses. Also, those with hormone-sensitive prostate cancer and those taking certain medications, such as benzodiazepines, anticonvulsants, or barbiturates, should avoid taking ashwagandha. Additionally, ashwagandha may affect the thyroid, so those with thyroid disease should check with a healthcare professional before taking it.
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