Ashwagandha may be hard to say (ash-wa-gan-da) and little known in the UK, but it’s one of the most important herbs of Ayurveda (India’s traditional medicine system).
It grows as a small shrub, whose extracts are associated with a whole host of health benefits, which include helping with a range of age related health issues and improving athletic performance.
If you’re prone to scepticism when it comes to ‘traditional’ medicines, you might be interested to know that there has been a large number of studies published on the potential benefits of ashwagandha – including its ability to help our bodies deal with stress.
The science bit
A study involving 58 men and women assessed the effectiveness of ashwagandha extract at reducing stress and anxiety. Participants were given either ashwagandha extract or a placebo for eight weeks. At the end of the study it was found that those in the ashwagandha group had significantly reduced their scores on a perceived stress scale, as well as reducing their cortisol levels (a hormone strongly linked to stress). Those in the ashwagandha group also found their sleep improved over the study period.
Tried and trusted brands
Fito is an expert producer of natural remedies, with more than 20 years experience in the field. Its ashwagandha capsules offer an easy and convenient way to include the herb in your diet. You might also like Nature’s Way Premium Extract capsules.
Find out more about ashwagandha and other natural adaptogens which can help to fight stress and anxiety in our Autumn 2020 issue.
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Please note: DO NOT take ashwagandha when pregnant (There is some evidence that ashwagandha might cause miscarriages) or breast feeding. Consult a doctor before use if suffering from any medical condition, on any medication, or about to undergo surgery. Consult your doctor before use if at all unsure whether ashwagandha is suitable for you and stop use immediately, and consult a doctor, if any adverse reactions occur. Use may cause drowsiness.