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Health Benefits of Ashwagandha (and How It Impacts Stress)

Health Benefits of Ashwagandha (and How It Impacts Stress)

June 1, 2020

If you're familiar with our Stress Less CBD Capsules, you may have heard of a way less familiar ingredient - Ashwagandha. Although it may sound like the newest buzz word superfood (re: kale, açaí, avocado), ashwagandha has actually been used for its many health benefits for way before buzzwords were a thing.  

What is ashwagandha? 

For centuries, Ashwagandha has been used in ayurvedic practices. This potent adaptogen has been shown to help cope with occasional stress and promote calmness. Herbal supplements use the root, primarily, for powders, capsules, or tinctures. It’s sometimes called winter cherry or Indian ginseng. It gets its name from the Hindi word for horse, ashwa, because of its horsey smell. In Ayurvedic practice it’s been used as a tonic for children and the elderly, but it's also known for its power to help manage stress.

The role of adaptogens and how they help with stress

Added to your daily regimen -- as a supplement, tea, or in your food -- certain herbs and roots act as adaptogens -- meaning they help your body adapt to certain conditions. Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine have used adaptogens for centuries. Indian households have been using Ashwagandha as a home remedy, but more research is needed to determine if science backs up the results. But initial studies show promise for claims that ashwagandha -- the adaptogen Elixinol adds to Stress Less Capsules -- helps reduce and manage stress.

Cortisol: Our main stress hormone

Cortisol is a hormone released in your body when you’re exposed to stress. It’s that “fight or flight” stuff that alerts your brain in certain situations. It doesn’t always show up in appropriate levels, though. Too much cortisol in your system and you’re freaking out while stuck in traffic as though you’re being chased by a bear. You want that response when you’re truly in danger, but when you’re stuck in traffic, a pounding heart doesn’t help. To complicate things, if you’re stuck in traffic all the time, your cortisol levels may become elevated by default, and boom, you’re stressed nonstop. 

 

Taking a regular ashwagandha supplement can help lower those cortisol levels, making your commute more about audio books and (hand free, please) phone calls with friends and family.  Ashwaganha can help balance your cortisol levels, making day to day stress feel a lot more manageable.

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How Ashwagandha + CBD work together to reduce stress

Cortisol is a hormone released in your body when you’re exposed to stress. It’s that “fight or flight” stuff that alerts your brain in certain situations. It doesn’t always show up in appropriate levels, though. Too much cortisol in your system and you’re freaking out while stuck in traffic as though you’re being chased by a bear. You want that response when you’re truly in danger, but when you’re stuck in traffic, a pounding heart doesn’t help. To complicate things, if you’re stuck in traffic all the time, your cortisol levels may become elevated by default, and boom, you’re stressed nonstop. 

 

Taking a regular ashwagandha supplement can help lower those cortisol levels, making your commute more about audio books and (hand free, please) phone calls with friends and family.  Ashwaganha can help balance your cortisol levels, making day to day stress feel a lot more manageable.

So, should you start taking ashwagandha? 

Overall, ashwagandha is a natural ingredient with many known health benefits. Like any other supplement, results can vary and we encourage you to talk to your doctor before starting anything new. 

 

That said, if you're looking for a natural way to find more relaxation in your daily life, our Stress Less Capsules - crafted with CBD + ashwagandha, are a great option when you're regular stress-reducing routines aren't pulling their weight. 

As with any supplement, this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It’s a good idea to check with your doctor before including any supplement in your dietary regimen, especially if you’re part of a high risk population.