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Anxiety & Stress
Written By: Emily Spring
ether you’re feeling more anxious than usual or looking to provide holistic support to your mind and body, herbal supplements to reduce cortisol levels are viable when it comes to a sustainable solution.
Ashwagandha, an age-old herbal supplement is somewhat of a holy grail when it comes to stress-fighting, health-promoting solutions. But understanding how and when to use Ashwagandha to reap each of its botanical benefits can be a quest in and of itself.
In this guide, we’ll lead you through everything you need to know about Ashwagandha and explain the many benefits of Ashwagandha, how to take Ashwagandha, and how to use Ashwagandha to help you feel confident about what you’re putting in your body.
Ashwagandha is an ancient herb that has been used for thousands of years in Indian medicine.1 In today’s society, while it has not been approved for medical use, it is used as a supplement and has been shown to have many benefits for some people.
The most common use for Ashwagandha today is for stress hormone support. It’s understandable: modern society is full of stressors. From workday responsibilities to political happenings, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. And while Ashwagandha can’t change the world we live in, it may help you feel a little less anxious about it in the meantime.
It’s understandable to be skeptical about whether the Ashwagandha adaptogenic herb is effective at reducing stress. Since many people are experiencing more stress these days, we’re also seeing more chronic stress relief solutions than ever before. So why should we trust that Ashwagandha will work?
So, there is scientific evidence that the Ashwagandha adaptogen can reduce stress in humans. However, it isn’t intended to treat anxiety or mental health disorders and should not take the place of any other medication. But, when taken as a supplement, Ashwagandha may be able to help you reduce your daily anxieties.
The most robust evidence in support of the benefits of Ashwagandha is related to how it helps reduce stress. However, it’s been used for thousands of years and has a plentiful accompaniment of benefits that support full-body wellness.
While the scientific evidence may not be as strong, there are several other potential Ashwagandha health benefits, including:
Ashwagandha has numerous benefits. However, if you truly want to reap them, you must understand how to correctly use Ashwagandha. While methods have varied over the years, the four primary ways to use the herbal supplement are as follows:
These days, you will most likely find an Ashwagandha supplement on grocery store shelves in Ashwagandha tablet or Ashwagandha pill form, which should be taken daily for the best results.
There is no set dosage for Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha dosages can typically fall into a range from 250mg daily to up to 1500mg or more.
If you’re just beginning to take Ashwagandha root powder, it’s probably best to start with a smaller dosage to make sure you don’t have side effects, then move up if needed. You can also talk to your doctor about the dosage or type of Ashwagandha capsule you are considering to make sure you don’t have any unintended interactions with anything else you’re taking.
Keep in mind, taking too much of the ayurvedic supplement could make you feel ill or lead to other side effects. Low and slow is the smartest way to go to find the best dosage for your body.
While you can take Ashwagandha on its own, you may also decide it works best in combination with other supplements. This may mean taking multiple pills at once, or it may mean taking one supplement with multiple ingredients.
To make it easy for you to reap the benefits of Ashwagandha with synergistic herbs, we combine the Ashwagandha plant, Albizia Bark and Flower, Avena Sativa, Holy Basil, L-theanine, and CBD into our Be Calm vegan capsules. The formula is created to modulate your stress response and keep you feeling your best.
Additionally, by combining Ashwagandha extract with other ayurvedic herb extracts and supplements you may experience more benefits to your holistic health.
So you’ll be taking Ashwagandha root extract as a capsule, but how do you know when to take Ashwagandha? Is it better to take it in the morning or at night? Do you take it every day? And for how long?
The good news is that there’s not any right or wrong answer. You can take Ashwagandha at any time so long as you are consistent.9 However, you may find that certain times of day come with more benefits for you.
For some, taking their supplements and vitamins in the morning just makes sense. However, there are many reasons why you might want to take Ashwagandha herb in the morning, rather than before bed:
Conversely, there are several reasons why taking Ashwagandha at night may be more beneficial for you and your lifestyle:
Ashwagandha doesn’t work right away, unlike Rhodiola. You need to continue taking it for days, possibly weeks, to see how it interacts with your unique physiology. For your first regiment, be sure to take it for at least a month, or up to three months, before gauging its effects on your body.
Afterward, you can evaluate whether it’s working, whether you’re experiencing any side effects, and whether you want to continue taking the supplement.
If you are interested in supplements with an immediate effect, read our blog post comparing Ashwagandha vs Rhodiola.
Ashwagandha is safe for most people, and the side effects experienced are often not serious. When consuming Ashwagandha, the most common side effects are:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you may need to adjust to a lower dose or stop taking the supplement altogether. Additionally, Ashwagandha is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant or nursing a baby.
If you’re taking medications, also be aware that Ashwagandha may react poorly with certain medications. Talk to your doctor before you start ingesting Ashwagandha, especially if you take:
Ashwagandha supplementation has been used for thousands of years and continues to provide holistic benefits to our minds and bodies.
If you’re looking for a mind and spirit-lifting supplement you can trust, look no further than Plant People. We want you to feel good about using our products. That’s why we provide you with doctor-formulated, plant-based supplements that are supported by holistic science to help you feel your absolute best.
Written by Emily Spring
Emily Spring is the Director of Marketing at Plant People. A longtime proponent of balanced living, she has enjoyed over 8 years driving growth in the lifestyle, health and wellness sectors with deep experience in functional solutions for optimizing anyone's everyday life.
Reviewed by Gabe Kennedy
Co-Founder of Plant People, Gabe Kennedy is an acclaimed chef and entrepreneur. Growing up in a house of healers and herbalists, he is passionate about the power of food as a tool for health, and actualized this passion and belief system into his company, Plant People. Named to Forbes 30 under 30 Gabe has shaped menus and cooked his way around the world with his mission to promote a more communal, green and healthy world.
Gabe is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. You can learn more about his work at his website.