Ashwagandha – Ashwa-what?
Pronounced ash-wa-GAN-d-ha (go ahead, try it… it’s really fun to say!)
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, meaning it adapts to what YOU need in your body. I take it to control cortisol production (the stress hormone that tells your body to store fat in your belly). I also give it to my 7-year-old mixed in with his Emergen-C packet to help him have more focus in school (along with a fish oil supplement, but not at the same time because that would be gross.)
Ashwagandha is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda, a form of alternative medicine based on Indian principles of natural healing. It has been used for over 3,000 years to relieve stress, increase energy levels and improve concentration. “Ashwagandha” is Sanskrit for “smell of the horse,” which refers to both its unique smell and ability to increase strength. Its botanical name is Withania somnifera, and it is also known by several other names, including Indian ginseng and winter cherry. Many of its health benefits are attributed to the high concentration of withanolides, which have been shown to fight inflammation and tumor growth.
Studies have shown its ability to help:
- Improve thyroid function
- Treat adrenal fatigue
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Combat effects of stress
- Prevent and treat cancer
- Reduce brain cell degeneration
- Stabilize blood sugar
- Lower cholesterol
- Boost immunity
There is a tablet form available through Metagenics if you’d like to give it a try and see for yourself.
It is called Exhilarin® and comes in a bottle with 60 tablets for $23.75. Visit here to see all the information and to order: Exhilarin®