Ashwagandha

Before we say anything about Ashwagandha, I want to point out that it actually works.

I’ve taken hundreds of nootropics over the years, and most of them have little to no effect, or are just placebo…

Ashwagandha, on the other hand, reliably reduces my anxiety when I take it. That alone makes it one of my favorite supplements.

Before getting into how it accomplishes this, let’s start with a little background…

What is Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an herbal supplement that has been used in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years.

Its primary function is to reduce stress and anxiety. It is an adaptogen (meaning, your body gets used to it after a while) and has antioxidant properties.

It is still used in Ayurvedic medicine today, and increasingly as a supplement European and North American countries. Ashwagandha is a root from a type of nightshade plant.

Today it’s sold as a whole herb, powder, or an extract in capsule form. Ashwagandha is available as a supplement, and not regulated by agencies in most countries.

It is known for reducing stress and anxiety, helping sleep and insomnia, increasing energy, and strengthening athletic performance.

Ashwagandha is similar to other calming supplements like L-theanine, kava root, and passion flower.

However, it has a long history of use and might be effective in treating or alleviating certain diseases.

It boosts the immune system and might help reduce inflammation, elevate mood, and increase weight gain.

There is growing evidence it can improve memory and even help treat certain symptoms of cancer. [1]

Also known as:

Withania somnifera, Indian ginseng, or winter cherry

Editor’s Note

Ashwagandha is a great supplement for anti-anxiety. My experiences have been largely in the middle of the road.

It doesn’t especially put me to sleep, which is why some people take ashwagandha. It also doesn’t give me a noticeable boost in energy or alertness.

Some users initially feel a spike in alertness which later gives way to sleepiness and calm. I take a lower dose of ashwagandha, so that’s likely the reason for its milder effects.

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