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Ashwagandha and adaptogens

Ashwagandha and adaptogens

You’ll be forgiven for not recognising ashwagandha since it’s not commonplace in our diet, however, it has recently become a popular herb for supporting health and wellness. Ashwagandha is typically found as a supplement, powder or in teas.

What is ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is a plant native to India and Southeast Asia where the origin of its use can be traced back as far as 6000 BC. Botanically named Withania somnifera, but also dubbed Indian ginseng and winter cherry, ashwagandha is one of the top herbs in Ayurvedic practice – a traditional Indian health system.
The compounds found in extracts from the plant’s roots or leaves, such as flavonoids and withanolides, are purported to be responsible for the plant’s properties. The attributes associated with these compounds is what identifies this herb as an adaptogen.

What are adaptogens?

Found in plants, mushrooms, and herbs, like ginseng, adaptogens are believed to help support the body during challenging times. By supporting internal systems, these clever compounds aim to bring the body into a state of balance, or homeostasis. In simple terms, they help us adapt to environmental stressors. 

Who can take ashwagandha?

Since ashwagandha is often used to cultivate a more relaxed and balanced energy, thanks to its adaptogenic properties, we’d recommend Ashwagandha 6000mg to individuals who are overstimulated and looking to achieve a sense of calm. For more advice on achieving sleep success take a look at our Sleep Knowledge Hub.


Want to find out more?

Not for you? - We have a range of ginseng products, take a look at our helpful guide to help you choose what’s best for you.


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