An Introduction to Ashwagandha for stress and fatigue

An Introduction to Ashwagandha for stress and fatigue

Is Stress Holding You Back?

Feeling like life’s stresses will never go away? You’re not alone!

 Familiar stresses related to working, parenting and managing finances have been compounded the past two years with the pandemic, inflation and world events , according to a recent Harris Poll conducted for the American Psychological Association (APA).1

 Some levels of stress can be healthy and are nature’s way of helping you protect yourself - known as “fight or flight.” But when stress becomes longer term or chronic it may lead to health issues.

 You may experience the effects of stress differently from a co-worker, family member or friend. Indicators of stress can be emotional, physical and cognitive2 and some symptoms may include:

  • Finding it hard to relax or feeling irritable
  • Having low energy, headaches, stomach issues, chest pain or rapid heartbeat, shakiness
  • Persistent worrying, inability to focus
  • Loss of appetite, nail biting
  • Avoiding responsibilities

 Ashwagandha gains popularity as a stress reliever

If stress is impacting you, an herb called ashwagandha may give you some relief. Commonly known as Indian ginseng, ashwagandha is one of the most well-known herbs in the ancient Indian form of alternative medicine called Ayurveda.3 

It is best-known for its effects on stress and sleep. It has been the subject of numerous studies, including one by the National Library of Medicine, which reports ashwagandha can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol by almost 28 percent.4

 Driven largely by pandemic-related stress and anxiety, Ashwagandha has become wildly popular among health enthusiasts in recent years. U.S. sales of ashwagandha grew 50.4% to $198 million in 20205.

Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub found in Asia and Africa and contains chemicals that are believed to quiet the brain, reduce blood pressure6, and perhaps support sleep quality.7

 Other Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

Though it is best-known for its affect on stress, ashwagandha has been increasingly studied for its power to support other conditions as well. For example, some research has started to show that ashwagandha may help improve memory and attention span.3

In addition, it has been shown to reduce fatigue, increase muscle strength and enhance physical performance, and may help reduce signs of inflammation.

 Many Ways to Enjoy the Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

Though pills and capsules are the most common way to consume it, there are a few other ways to enjoy ashwagandha for natural stress relief. It is available in powder form that can be mixed into soft foods or shakes for quick consumption (though be warned – the strong odor of ashwagandha may stand in the way of your enjoyment). It is also increasingly used in health foods, ranging from wellness and energy drinks to snacks such as nut butters and veggie burgers. The quest for less stress knows no bounds!

 As always, please consult with your doctor before adding supplements to your routine.

https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2022/03/inflation-war-stress

2https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-symptoms-effects_of-stress-on-the-body

3https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ashwagandha

4https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3573577/

5 https://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/ingredients/ashwagandha-goes-mainstream-us-sales-boom

6 https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-953/ashwagandha

7 https://www.forbes.com/health/body/ashwagandha-benefits/

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