Right now anything we can do to help support our adrenals and our body’s physiological response to stress is going to be a game changer. Ashwagandha is a powerful herb known as an adaptogen that can support our adrenals and therefore improve performance. Ashwagandha can in fact help us to be more resilient.
Ashwagandha is a herb that originates from Ayurvedic medicine and has been used for over 2,500 years. It has the ability to increase stamina and has shown in studies to reduce circulating stress hormones by 14.5-27.9% in otherwise healthy adults. Ashwagandha actually means ‘smell of horse’ because the root smells like a horse and it is believed if you take it that you can develop the strength and vitality of a horse as well!?!
What are adaptogens?
Adaptogenic herbs are actually very useful to the body and unlike regular vitamin and mineral supplements they adapt to body system function and help to maintain homeostasis. Homeostasis is the balance our bodies require to keep us healthy and functioning optimally. Adaptogens help the body to manage stress more effectively: they help your adrenals react more quickly so you make stress hormones efficiently and only when you really need them.
Ashwagandha is in fact one of the most extensively researched herbs and side effects overall have shown to be minimal but as with any supplement it is possible. Daily dosage is 500-1000mg of ashwagandha root and this should not be superceded. As with all types of supplementation, do always check with your doctor or nutritional therapist before starting because it may not be suitable if you suffer from other diagnosed health problems or are on medication