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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an important herb in Ayurveda, a holistic healing system. It’s a small shrub with white flowers native to India and North Africa. Its extract, or powder from the root, is considered useful for many brain and bodily functions and has long been used to alleviate stress, improve energy, and concentration*.

Ashwagandha is believed to contain chemicals that may work to support stress management. It has many anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which play a major role in its benefits.*

Ashwagandha supplements may support healthy sugar levels, support cortisol, and benefit mood. Studies have shown that it can help to lower blood sugar levels. (1)* The presence of phenolic compounds, including flavonoids, in ashwagandha leaves and extracts, have anti-oxidative activity and play a vital role in blood glucose levels. (2)*

Cortisol is a stress hormone that the adrenal gland releases in response to stress. In some cases, elevated cortisol levels can cause high blood pressure and an increase in abdominal fat. Ashwagandha supports stress management and anxiety. Studies also reveal its effectiveness in body weight management in adults under chronic stress. (3)* Some studies suggest that taking Ashwagandha extracts can support an individual’s resistance towards stress. (4)*

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Disclaimers:

You should always consult your health care provider before starting any herbal supplements or products.   *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25796090
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20186490
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27055824
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23439798
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