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Ashwagandha is one of the most popular herbal supplements around the world. Its scientific name is Withania somnifera and is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda.
It has many health benefits for you. The main use for it being to support stress and anxiety relief.
What is ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is a small bush with yellow flowers and orange-red berries. It grows all year round in theMiddle East and part of Africa. A strong, vigorous plant, it can also grow in milder climates like some parts of the USA.
Most commonly used in supplements is the root, which is ground up and used to make supplements and powders.
Benefits of Ashwagandha
It’s said to help energy levels and improve concentration as well as aiding cortisol levels. This in turn points to the ashwagandha’s main use as a stress and anxiety helper.
Coinciding with this is the reports of ashwagandha helping to promote a positive mood and even support restful sleep.
Further research as noted by healthline.com is said to help body composition and muscle strength.
How to take ashwagandha
Ashwagandha can be easily taken as a supplement in powder form or as ashwagandha capsules.
The exact dosage that you should take will depend on the brand and strength of the supplement. You should always read the directions on the back of the product’s label.