Ashwagandha: The SuperHerb for Stress Relief

If you’re familiar with some of the adaptogens out there, or even keep up with the latest in wellness, chances are you’ve heard about ashwagandha before. This popular ingredient has been popping up a lot over recent years, and has found its time in the spotlight in capsules, sparkling beverages, and so much more. But what is ashwagandha, exactly? And what are the benefits? We’re here to break it down.

For starters, ashwagandha is a superherb that grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. As an adaptogen (a natural substance that helps your body adapt to stress), ashwagandha is a go-to ingredient for coping with daily pressures and worries. It’s been used in Ayurvedic medicine for many years, and works by reducing the levels of cortisol, also known as the “stress hormone,” in the body. In addition, it’s been shown to lower blood sugar and boost brain function. 

The Benefits 

1. Relieves Stress and Calms Anxiety
As you may have guessed, ashwagandha’s most popular benefit is its ability to relieve stress and soothe feelings of anxiety. Stress and anxiety are things we all experience, whether every now and then, or more consistently if we struggle with something like chronic stress

In a placebo controlled clinical study of 58 adults, the group who took ashwagandha for eight weeks saw a substantial reduction in cortisol levels and stress symptoms. When taken regularly, ashwagandha promotes a sense of relaxation and balance that makes it easier for us to adapt to the challenges life may throw our way.

2. Helps You Sleep Better
In the same study mentioned above, researchers found that taking ashwagandha led to a significant improvement in sleep quality. Additional research has found that this adaptogen can help you fall asleep faster and spend more time asleep.

When we are preparing for sleep, our cortisol levels naturally lower. However, if you’ve ever found yourself tossing and turning thinking about a work deadline or other stressor, you’ve experienced the ways that stress can get in the way, keeping those levels elevated and making it difficult for us to fall asleep and achieve the quality rest that we need. 

The good thing about ashwagandha is that it’s naturally calming, but it won’t put you to sleep on its own. That means you can take it at the beginning of the day and experience both stress-relieving benefits and better sleep. 

3. May Help Boost Brain Function and Memory 
You know those days where you just can’t seem to focus? You can’t remember important things, and struggle to complete the tasks on your to-do list? Ashwagandha has been shown to help with this as well. That’s because it has a host of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which help improve cognitive function. In addition, this powerful ingredient has been known to improve overall memory, and another study found improvement in participants’ attention spans.

4. Boosts Your Sexual Health 
Stress impacts everything, including libido. When taken regularly, ashwagandha can naturally boost desire, which is why it’s a key ingredient in a few of our favorite sexual wellness supplements like the Dame Desire Gummies and the Rae Wellness In the Mood Capsules

5. Improves Energy 
Most of us would love to have just a little bit more energy throughout the day! It would give us the chance to spend more time on the things we love, whether that be hiking, exercising, working on a passion project, or spending time with friends. Whether from the impact of stress on your system or not getting enough sleep each night, ashwagandha addresses the root issues of fatigue, revitalizing your energy levels for an extra pep in your step.

Incorporating Ashwagandha Into Your Routine 
As you can see, ashwagandha is one pretty powerful ingredient. If you’re ready to experience all of these benefits for yourself, let’s talk about how to incorporate it into your routine. 

Taking ashwagandha every day is the best way to adapt to stress, achieve better sleep, boost your energy levels, and so much more. That’s why we recommend taking a capsule or gummy everyday. 

To make sure you’re taking your ashwagandha daily, and to track the benefits you notice, you can download our free supplement tracker here.

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