I have 2 young girls that keep me pretty busy. Stack that with the demands of running Pure Prescriptions while trying to maintain a certain level of fitness and you see where I’m going with this; Like most everyone living today, managing levels of stress and anxiety is more important than ever in this fast paced world…
Rather than reach for the hooch, I’d rather do breathing exercises and reach for an Ayurvedic classic to help cut the anxiety & stress.
What Is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), is an adaptogenic herb that belongs to the pepper family. It has an extensive, 4,000-year history of traditional use and is one of the most revered and widely used Ayurvedic herbs. It’s adaptogenic properties provide multi-functional support for promoting general mental and physical wellness, including support for occasional stress, joints, memory, immune function, and healthy lipid and glucose metabolism.*
Uses For Ashwagandha
Withanolides are key constituents of this herb and play an important role in ashwagandha’s overall ability to promote physical and mental health. In animal studies, ashwagandha has been shown to support the activity of lymphocytes and macrophages, moderate occasional stress, enhance memory and cognitive function, provide neuroprotection by scavenging free radicals, and support thyroid function. A small human clinical trial demonstrated the ability of ashwagandha to support healthy glucose and lipid metabolism. In a double blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial involving 42 volunteers, a formulation including ashwagandha indicated its potential to help promote joint comfort, which may involve modulation of cyclooxygenase enzyme activity. Other research suggests that it may promote relaxation and maintain healthy cortisol and C-reactive protein levels.*
Where Does Ashwagandha Come From?
Ashwagandha extract is derived from Withania somnifera root and standardized to contain 2.5% withanolides. Hypo-allergenic plant fiber is derived from pine cellulose.
How To Use Ashwagandha
Pure Encapsulations recommends 1 capsule daily, with or between meals, or as directed by a health professional.