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Ashwagandha Could Help You Reduce Stress

In the past few years, adaptogens have gained popularity. In mushrooms and plants, these compounds help your body fight stress and adapt to find a natural balance. However, ashwagandha, another adaptogen known as Indian ginseng, has created even more buzz than usual. Hundreds of TikTok videos claim all kinds of health benefits, including Gwyneth Paltrow drinking it every morning in a smoothie.

Robin Foroutan, RDN, an integrative dietitian, said, “Due to its versatility, ashwagandha became a mainstream adrenal adaptogen for a number of reasons.”

We used this herb to improve health and wellness long before our great-great-great grandparents or we were born. India and parts of Africa and the Middle East grow Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera).

How Can Ashwagandha Benefit Your Health?

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  • Boosts sleep quality
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Enhances brain health
  • Enhances athletic performance
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Increases testosterone and fertility in men
  • Controls blood sugar levels

What Are The Side Effects Of Ashwagandha?

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It is generally safe to consume small doses of the herb, but it may interact with other medications you are taking.

Foroutan adds, “It’s not generally recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding, mostly because of a lack of safety data.” In some cases, it may cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Sometimes, it may even cause liver damage if you take large doses of ashwagandha.

How Often Can You Take Ashwagandha?

If taken daily, this supplement is generally safe as long as you adhere to the recommended dosage. The best time to take ashwagandha is first thing in the morning before breakfast or the night before bedtime.