Ashwagandha Can Help with Anxiety

anxiety-free Jan 25, 2021

Ashwagandha, aka Indian ginseng (Withania somnifera), is derived from the fruit or leaf of a shrub. The name refers to the smell of the root (“like a horse”). In Latin, the species name, somnifera, means “sleep-inducing.” Most ashwagandha is cultivated in India, Nepal, and China. This has been used for centuries to alleviate fatigue and improve general well-being. It has powerful anti-anxiety, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an adaptogen, which means it helps the body respond to stress. One study in which people took 300 mg twice daily of high-concentration Ashwagandha root extract found that it “safely and effectively improves an individual's resistance towards stress and thereby improves self-assessed quality of life.”1

You can buy ashwagandha in the form of a loose powder, a capsule, a leaf, or a leaf extract. I take the capsules, but also have the loose powder in my cupboard, which I add to smoothies, shakes, soups, and hot water (to make a tea). Ashwagandha is also one of the ten ingredients in my supplements (coming soon)! Some people boil it in water with milk and butter or honey. You could also mix it with plant-based milk with some ghee, coconut oil, and honey. 

Resources:

1.     K. Chandrasekhar, J. Kapoor, and S. Anishetty. “A Prospective, Randomized Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Safety and Efficacy of a High-Concentration Full-Spectrum Extract of Ashwagandha Root in Reducing Stress and Anxiety in Adults,” Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, vol. 34, no. 3 (July 2012), pp. 255–62, doi: 10.4103/0253-7176.106022.

 

You can find more information about this in Anxiety-Free with Food, available in book stores around the world.