By now you may have heard of Ashwaganda. But what is it?
Ashwaganda is an ancient Indian herb used for numerous medicinal purposes for thousands of years, and lately it has become more mainstream as more and more companies are capitalizing on this superherb. (If "superfruit" can become a word, then I'm pushing "superherb", thankyouverymuch).
Maybe you have even sampled ashwaganda tea or coffee. (That was a big no thank you from me--I think it tastes like the earth mixed with water). People swear by the benefits of ashwaganda, though, so I delved into it and this is what I found.
Ashwaganda is found to:
Reduce stress and tension
Promote memory and concentration
Support endurance, strength and muscle size
Improve sleep quality
Support sexual function
Help achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
If the thought of an earthy burp sounds horrifying to you, check out these ashwanda gummies, made by the Goli brand of Apple Cider Vinegar gummies I swear by for energy and a healthy digestive system. These vegan plant-based gummies are the best tasting way I have found (and I have tried many!) to reap the benefits of ashwaganda without the, shall we say, interesting taste.
* Goli says: This extract [of Ashwanganda used in their gummies] has a "strong scientific base with over 24 studies that support its effectiveness: 10 published studies, 6 additional studies complete and in peer review, and 8 ongoing studies".
Another option is using Ashwaganda Powder in cooking and baked goods. This organic powdered ashwaganda is a great option, as in small amounts it blends seamlessly into any of my plant-based recipes!
Whichever way you absorb it, ashwaganda can have great benefits for you. I personally take 1 or 2 Ashwaganda gummies in the evening, and I already feel that it has helped my sleep tremendously and I do feel more focused in my waking hours. If you're more of a pill person, feel free to try an Ashwaganda supplement. I, however, feel that I get more out of eating the ingredients I am most trying to absorb. But do what works for you and your lifestyle!