How To Take Ashwagandha
What Is It?
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) is a plant that naturally grows in India, China, Nepal, and Yemen. It has been used for hundreds of years in Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine), and has recently gained popularity in Western culture due to new research supporting its benefits.
The proven benefits of ashwagandha include stress reduction, nervous system and endocrine system aid, immune system and cardiovascular health aid, and sleep aid. It is very popular among athletes and fitness/wellness enthusiasts, but can be extremely beneficial to anyone who is looking to decrease stress or sleep better.
How To Take Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is typically taken either as a ground up powder mixed into a drink or smoothie, or as a capsule filled with the powder swallowed whole. The powder itself can have earthy flavor, which makes most people enjoy the ease of taking the capsule instead. If you aren't comfortable swallowing a capsule, it can easily be broken up to pour the powder into your favorite drink.
Daily doses of ashwagandha range from 250mg all the way up to 5g. Our capsule contains 650mg as this is right in the perfect zone where most individuals see the most benefit without it feeling like it's too much. That being said, many of our athletes take two or three capsules daily for added benefits in regards to muscle recovery. We suggest everyone starts with 1 capsule per day and then progress to two after a few months once they see how their bodies feel. Many of the calming effects usually start showing after a few weeks of consistent use.
The timing in which you should take ashwagandha isn't necessarily important. We suggest to take it at a time that you can remember to have it every single day, such as with a meal or after a workout. Unlike other supplements that help with sleep, ashwagandha will not make you drowsy so you can take it in the morning and still have energy through the day.
Ashwagandha Side Effects
In nearly all clinical studies, ashwagandha has been well tolerated by everyone. There are no documented side effects of ashwagandha. That being said, if you are pregnant or have any condition that could cause irregularities with supplements, or if you are on other medication that could react with supplements, please contact a doctor before taking ashwagandha.