What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is a supplement that comes from the roots of a plant originally used in India, called Whithania Somnifera since historical times, more than 3000 years as a natural medicinal remedy to improve adaptation to stressful situations, mainly by reducing cortisol.
Cortisol is a hormone naturally secreted by our body when we are under stressful situations.
It does not present a specific response in the body: it should be able to improve the tolerance of any stressor whether physical, chemical or biological.
Ashwagandha is a supplement increasingly used and demanded in the general population due to its extensive list of properties and benefits.
Benefits of Aswagandha
- Aswhagandha contains neurotransmitters that activate serotonin receptors. It has potential effects on cognitive ability and memory.
- Helps control blood sugar. Regulates blood sugar.
- It has a great anti-inflammatory capacity.
- Improves the immune system: its free radical scavenging properties reduce oxidative stress and therefore free radicals.
- In men, it helps to increase testosterone levels to a greater or lesser extent depending on the previous state of the person.
- There are pathologies that are treated withanolides, so it is considered that its use can be beneficial to treat diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
- It contributes to improve the quality of sleep, reduce nervousness, and to achieve a sense of well-being.
- It improves the state of our thyroid, endocrine function.
- It contains a compound called Withaferina A effective against different types of tumor cells. It is not recommended for use as a primary cancer therapy.
What are the side effects of Ashwagandha?
In case of hypertension problems, consult a medical professional, as it may lower blood pressure or interfere with medications used to treat this pathology.
It may alter different hormone levels, in particular the thyroid hormone. If the person suffers from hormonal or thyroid problems, it is recommended to consult a doctor beforehand.
In case of pregnancy or breastfeeding, its use is not recommended without medical supervision.
In case of taking any medication to control diabetes, it is recommended to consult with a medical professional before use because it can interact and interfere with this type of medication, as it reduces the levels of glucose in the blood.
What dosage of Ashwagandha to take?
The recommended dosage is individual for each person. It is usually between 200 and 600 milligrams per day. It can be taken in several doses throughout the day or in a single dose.