Ashwagandha is the latest viral health trend on TikTok, where videos of users praising this herb's stress-relieving effects have reached huge audiences. But does it actually work? Let's look further into this popular herb and explore its health benefits.
People are constantly looking for ways to lower their stress levels. They look online, ask friends and family, or might just deal with it on their own. One of the most popular herbs for stress relief is ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is a popular ancient herb used in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has a broad range of benefits.
Traditionally it is used to:
- Manage stress and help with relaxation
- Improve sleep quality
- Boost Immune defense strength
- Improve energy
- Promote youth and longevity
- Stabilize blood sugar levels
- Increase stamina
What Is Ashwagandha?
The Ashwagandha plant is a small shrub with pale green flowers and red berries that is native to India and Southeast Asia. It has a distinct smell, described as “horse-like” which is where it gets its name, ashwagandha. Ashwagandha translates to “the smell of a horse” in Sanskrit. With its growing popularity, this herb can be purchased in the form of a powder, capsule, liquid extract, tea, and gummy.
Is Ashwagandha an adaptogen?
Yes! Adaptogens are herbs, roots, or other plants that help our bodies manage stress and restore balance after a stressful situation. Adaptogens help by bringing our adrenals and nervous system back into balance.
Health benefits of ashwagandha
May help reduce stress and anxiety
Ashwagandha is best known for its stress-relieving properties. When we are stressed out, our body releases a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol isn't always negative however, having high levels of cortisol may result in several symptoms such as weight gain, irritability, headaches, and others.
Adaptogenic herbs have been shown to help the body adapt to stress over time. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that has cortisol-lowering effects and anti-inflammatory properties to help your body adapt to stress and change. By regulating the body's stress response through its adaptogenic properties, ashwagandha helps balance stress hormones and reduce feelings of anxiety. Because of its adaptogenic properties, ashwagandha secured its spot in Relax Me. Relax Me is a doctor-formulated herbal blend that helps calm you mentally and physically without any feelings of drowsiness. Relax Me is the perfect supplement to help you unwind from your day without fatigue, promoting a calm body and mind.
May improve sleep
Ashwagandha shows potential for improving sleep for people with and without insomnia. Studies suggest that ashwagandha might help you fall asleep faster, sleep better throughout the night, and wake up less often. A study published in 2020 examined 150 healthy individuals who suffered from poor sleep quality. After 6 weeks, the group of participants taking ashwagandha reported a 72% improvement in the quality of their sleep. For this reason, ashwagandha was added to Sleep Deeply. Sleep Deeply at Sol Nutrition regulates your natural sleep cycle. Whether you take it during the day or at night, Sleep Deeply guides your body into a state of relaxation to allow you to sleep and rest when you need to without interfering with your daily routine. Studies show that ashwagandha’s effect on improving your ability to manage stress may be responsible for its positive effect on sleep quality.
Ashwagandha for Men
Ashwagandha supplements have been shown to increase levels of testosterone. In Asian countries, ashwagandha root is popular in improving male sexual wellness. Ashwagandha is also beneficial for men, by promoting growth for muscle mass, which secures its spot in the Man Power formula. Man Power is a popular long-term choice for men of all ages. Man Power helps invigorate your libido and stamina by stimulating blood flow and increasing the natural production of testosterone. Healthy testosterone levels contribute to improved focus, motivation, stamina, physical strength, and bone density.
Ashwagandha for Women
In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is also used as a natural aphrodisiac that can improve sexual wellness in women. Studies show that women who took ashwagandha root extract showed a significantly stronger increase in libido. With one of the key ingredients being ashwagandha root, Lovers Potion at Sol Nutrition promotes boosted sexual desire, strength, and stamina. Lovers potion helps balance hormones, boost energy, increase blood flow, and invigorate sex drive.
May increase energy
People have used ashwagandha for thousands of years to increase energy levels and improve concentration. Some people prefer to take it over caffeine since it won’t give you jitters and it is not addictive. People can take ashwagandha at any time of the day but, if you are looking for it to increase your energy levels, we suggest taking it in the morning and early afternoon. Ashwagandha extract is a key ingredient in Sol Nutrition’s GoGo Energy. GoGo Energy is a healthy herbal alternative to energy drinks or coffee. Unlike caffeine and other stimulants, GoGo will give you a long-lasting energy boost without compromising your adrenals. No crash, no jitters, just naturally elevated energy levels throughout the day.
TikTok users sharing their experiences
As ashwagandha has become more popular, millions of TikTok users have shared their experiences and sworn by this natural herb. Many have stated that it has helped with anxiety, sharpened focus and memory, and made work tasks easier to complete.
Not all ashwagandha is created equal
It is important to note that not all ashwagandha is created equal. You may find some reviews on social media platforms that have stated that this herb has worsened their symptoms. That means an ashwagandha pill you buy at a health store, for example, is most likely not the same strength or type of ashwagandha that was traditionally used in Eastern medicine. This is why it is so important to purchase herbs through a brand that you can trust. Although ashwagandha can help with a variety of issues, this herb is best used if it is balanced with a combination of other herbs.Better herbs mean better results. All of our products are made using the finest grades of herbs, and we inspect our ingredients for quality and purity. With our knowledge and commitment to safe and effective formulas, you can count on Sol Nutrition to bring health and wellness to your life.
The last word from Sol Nutrition
With all of the health benefits that ashwagandha has to offer, it makes sense that this popular herb got the recognition that it needed on social media platforms.Sol Nutrition is proud to share the clinically proven benefits of our herbal formulas, devised by a doctor with 30+ years of experience in Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture, with the world. Our supplements can have lasting results that will help you achieve a happier, healthier lifestyle.