Serving Size: 1-5g per Serve (1/4 – 1tsp)
Ingredients: Organic Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Adaptogen; helping the body adapt to stress, allowing for an increased tolerance to mental exhaustion, enhancing attention and mental endurance.
Immunomodulator; strengthening, balancing, supporting and regulating the immune system, optimising immune response.
Ashwagandha is one of the pillars of Traditional Ayurvedic medicine and it is classified as a premier Rasayana — ‘rasayana’ meaning; ‘path’ (āyana) of ‘essence’ (rasa) — which means something to promote health and longevity / holistic well-being. Most Ayurvedic Rasayanas are usually classified as adaptogens. Ayurveda suggests that Ashwagandha may improve the function of the lungs, kidneys, heart, thyroid and nerves, it has also commonly been used to improve libido in men and metabolism in women, as a brain tonic (known as a Medhya Rasayana — nootropic), to support the immune system and rejuvenate, as well as aid the function of tissues supporting growth, strength and balance, reducing inflammation.
In addition to Ashwagandha, it is also has many other names; referred to as Winter Cherry or Poison Gooseberry due to producing bright red poisonous berries, and as mentioned above it is also known as ‘Indian Ginseng’, because its actions have similar effects as other Ginsengs, and science simply knows it as Withania somnifera.
Scientific research has discovered that the adpatogenic qualities of Ashwagandha could be due to the combination of Withanferin-A and sitoindosides VII-X compounds, plus a number of other bioactive compounds that aid Ashwagandha’s reported ability to act as an immunomodulator. These pharmacological actions appear to be linked in some way to; the anti-oxidants (Phenolic acids / Flavonoids), the anti-inflammatory actions of other bioactive compounds and the withanolides — a group of steroidal lactones, unique to Ashwagandha — that are present in the root.
Studies also support traditional claims, reporting Ashwagandha may; help with cognitive and memory enhancement, be an anti-inflammatory, relieve stress, support quality sleep and help the immune system.