Ashwagandha a root herb has been used to promote calm and well-being for centuries. It has a history rooted in Indian Ayurvedic medicine,in traditional herbal medicne its also refered to as rasayana, a word meaning long life, as its belived to atribute to a longer life span, similarly modern western herbal science refers to is as an adaptoogen. Put in simple terms an adaptogen is an natral substance considred to help the body adapt to stress  , at the time of writing this herb is becoming an increasingly popular choice for those looking for a natural means of boosting their health and reducing stress. the full terms used in the ancient background of the herb in ayurvedic medicne include the following,

RASAYANA:

this means somthing which lenghtends life span,

BHALYA:

somthing which increases physical strength.

VAJIKARA:

Somthing which promotes healthy sexual funtion.

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So basically this herb, which has been used for its medicinal properties for over 3,000 years. Appears to be one of the most important and prominent in Ayurvedic medicine and attracting more attention in the Western world. It is also known as Withania Somnifera in its latin scientific discription,

the name Ashwaganda  is derived from Sanskrit and translates to  ‘smell of the horse’. this is due to the odor of the herb, but also its ability to provide strength. Traditionally the roots are used most commonly for medicinal purposes, the bitter leaves and fruits are also found to be beneficial.

The Benefits of Ashwagandha

is there real science on such a bold set of atributes to only 1 herb ?

well firstly,life in today's world can be hectic and exhausting. More and more people are having to run 2 jobs or find some workaround just to make ends meet, more are pushed to do more with pay not seemingly equating to the extra workload requested. If you feel like you’re on edge or under pressure then ashwagandha can help for one of a number of reasons, one primary one is it helps to promote calm and relaxation by normalizing cortisol levels (Cortisol is a stress hormone).

lower cortisol levels allow Increased energy levels:

do you ever feel like your batteries are never fully charged? or you experience slumps in the day? Ashwagandha is a natural remedy for low energy levels, which can make you feel more alive and alert. For this reason, it's also helpful for those who like to exercise, ashwagandha can also help to improve endurance by increasing lung capacity.

studies also show  it has a nootropic effect, (we will write more on nootropics soon) Improved concentration, so if you find it tough to concentrate or focus at work, or you tend to get distracted easily when you’re reading or trying to lose yourself in a film, you may benefit from taking ashwagandha.

Fighting inflammation:

Despite it lowering cortisol levels or at least balancing cortisol out, cortisol is also a powerful anti-inflammatory yet it has been shown to help lower inflammation,It has been used to reduce swelling and boost immunity for thousands of years. This herb possesses potent anti-inflammatory properties, and it can be beneficial for those susceptible to aches and pains as well as those with stiff joints or decreased mobility. Ashwagandha’s high anolide concentration is also thought to slow tumor development.

The root complexity of Ashwagandha:

So many might think how is this possible ,isnt a root just for transporting nutrients to the leaves and top of the plant., shouldnt the top there for be more powerfull? well plants are a little more complex than that, and heres why, inside the plants root structure there is an array of compunds known as phytochemicals these exist to perform specific task ,some act as an immune system response to insects that might want to eat at the root , some act against disease that might exist in the soil in the form of fungus or bateria ,other simply help utalise nutrients in the soil and transport it to where its needed within the plants stucture.Generaly there are between 200,000 and a million chemical compounds in any given plant species. With so many some will have the influence of overlaping pathways within our own bodies with some very positive effects in the right dosage. We found out that Ashwagandah is special because it contains an uusally high number of these phytochemicals, That data is showing us a family of around 40 of these are key players in ashwagandah's influence on our body. We will go into more detail on these soon.

Traditionally, the root of the ashwagandha herb is ground down and mixed with water to form a paste, which can be added to fluids. In our more advanced area of processing nutrients, it’s now possible to buy ground ashwagandha extract in capsule or powder form.

Ashwagandha has been used for its medicinal and healing properties for centuries, and it offers an array of benefits. If you’re looking for a natural way to increase your energy levels, combat stress, and boost your well-being.

DOSAGE AND METABOLIC RYTHUMS:

In a long story put short ashwagandha is a root like many Adaptogens, these are generally non-toxic plants that are marketed as helping the body resist stressors of all kinds, whether physical, chemical, or biological. These herbs and roots have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions, but they're having a renaissance today with western science.

Its important to note some people are overusing some of these root supplements on the market , erroueously thinking more is better, but often less is more, no matter what we consume there will always be a level that is too much.

You can even flush out essential minerals from your body if you take too much water, also when taking some supplements the time of day matters. This is because we all have particular body rhythms, these usually fit our typical day and night behaviors, although there are some exceptions due to some having night shift work or even some disorders,  this results in some adaptogens being more ideal first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, others are more idea with food by midday. 

As you can imagine there is a large body of biological science that we haven't included here yet, but stay tuned we plan on more articles and research like this, which will be going deeper into the hormonal and biochemical influences of these roots and herbs.

We heard that there are at least 40 key phytonutrients in ashwagandha that have the ability to influence our biological pathways in a positive way. So we have been looking at peer-reviewed data on the subject and we see many studies finding the following important nutrients

1) vitamin b-6 :

B-6 or B6 is a vitamin that benefits the central nervous system and metabolism. Its roles include turning food into energy and helping to create neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine. Vitamin B6 is one of eight B vitamins. This group of vitamins is also important for proper cell function.