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Ashwagandha


What is Ashwagandha?

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Ashwagandha is a plant. It grows as a stout shrub that reaches a height of 170cm. Like the tomato which belongs to the same family, ashwagandha bears yellow flowers and red fruit, though its fruit is berry-like in size and shape. Ashwagandha grows prolifically in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. It is among the most prominent herbal preparation in India. It is also known as Indian ginseng, Winter cherry, Ajagandha, Kanaje Hindi ,withania and Samm Al Ferakh. It is not apart of the ginseng family, but it has similar energy-promoting and anti-stress benefits that are attributed to the more well-known Asian, American, and Siberian ginsengs The main constituents of ashwagandha are alkaloids and steroidal lactones. Among the various alkaloids, withanine is the main constituent.
The leaves contain steroidal lactones, which are commonly called Withanolides. Withanolide content accounts for the use of ashwagandha as both a general tonic during stressful situations (where it is both calming and fatigue- fighting) and as a treatment for insomnia (where it promotes relaxation).it is also high in iron content which helps to increase hemoglobin.It is available in pills, capsules, tablets and liquid (Ashwagandharishta).


What is the effective dosage of Ashwgandha supplementation?

The effective dosage for ashwagandha preparations is depends upon the preparations.
• Dosage of Ashwagandha for the dried root is 4 to 6 grams per day.
• Dosage of Ashwagandha for tablet form is 3-4tab per day in divided dosage.
• Dosage of Ashwagandha for liquid form (Ashwagandharista) is 1 tablespoon thrice in a day.


What are the benefits of Ashwgandha supplementation?

• It enhances mental and physical performance.
• It may also supports healthy libido.
• It reduces mental and physical stress.
• It nourishes and rejuvenates the tissues.
• It calms the mind, Reduces anxiety and promotes relaxation.
• It improves learning ability and mental function.
• It controls cortisol hormone levels.
• Researchers from Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India have asserted that some of the chemicals within ashwagandha are powerful antioxidants. Antioxidant kills free radicals (damages body cells).


What are the side effects of ashwagandha supplementation?

here are no known or reported side effects of ashwagandha.only for adult use not for pregnant women or lactating women.
Cautions-
• If you have a thyroid condition, do not use ashwagandha without medical supervision. An animal study showed that ashwagandha may change thyroid function.
• If you are pregnant or lactating women, then take t under your doctor's guidance.