Do you suffer from stress, lack of sex drive, joint pain, sleep and energy issues? You’re not alone. in fact, one in five Brits complain about having a lack of ‘vitality’ on a daily basis.
But don’t worry because Nature’s Way has found the answer – and it lies in Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) , the Ayurvedic herb which has been used around the world for nearly 3,000 years to promote youthful vigour and enhance muscle strength and endurance.
The makers of evidence-based plant health remedies have bottled the goodness of Ashwagandha, which has also been proven to relieve fatigue and ease stress levels by as much as 44%, as well as boosting overall health and wellbeing in both men and women, and launched new 20p-a-day Ashwagandha Premium Extract Capsules.
“The great news about this latest plant innovation from Nature’s Way, is that the Ashwagandha remedy contains a wealth of plant compounds with many health and wellbeing benefits,” says Mike Wakeman, a clinical pharmacist and advisor to Nature’s Way.
“These include withanolides, a group of plant substances, which work in a similar way to steroids, to which many of the health benefits of ashwagandha are now attributed.
“Ashwagandha is also well known as an adaptogen – meaning it helps restore the body to a state of balance resulting from internal stressors such as insomnia, fatigue and anxiety.
“Looking at the latest study data in more detail behind Ashwagandha from Nature’s Way, research confirms how the supplement can help ease a number of every day health and wellbeing woes including:
“Stress: Adult with chronic stress found that taking two capsules of ashwagandha root a day for 60 days helped decrease stress levels by 44% and reduced the stress hormone cortisol by about 28%.
“Female sexual dysfunction: 50 healthy women who took concentrated oral doses of ashwagandha reported having more orgasms and more satisfying sex. The authors suggest this could have been due to the herb’s stress-reducing effects as well as its role in boosting the sex hormone, testosterone.
“Joint pain: Research, including data published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine suggests thatashwagandha can help soothe joint pain and swelling associated with arthritis – a result the authors attribute to the pain-relieving and cartilage-protective effects of withanolides and other plant chemicals.
“Sleep: Ashwagandha has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to help promote sleep. Indeed, the somnifera part of its botanical name, Withania somnifera, is derived from the Latin word for sleep. A recent study in animals suggests that triethylene glycol, another plant chemical found in its leaves, may be the magic ingredient that improves sleep quality.
“Energy: Ashwagandha is often used by athletes to help boost physical performance. This appears to be confirmed in a study of 57 young men aged between18-50 years old who took ashwagandha root extract twice daily. They saw significant increases in muscle mass and strength when they undertook a resistance training programme compared with those who took a placebo.”
FACTS ABOUT ASHWAGANDHA
- Also known as winter cherry or Ayurvedic ginseng, ashwagandha is a plump evergreen shrub which produces orange/red berries about the size of raisins. It flourishes in the dry areas of India and North America.
- The roots are the part most commonly used in herbal medicine although the leaves and flowers also have therapeutic properties.
- Unlike other adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, ashwagandha can be used long term.
- In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is classified as an rasayana herb that helps maintain youth, both mentally and physically.
Ashwagandha can be found in Nature’s Way Ashwagandha Premium Extract capsules, which helps support symptoms of stress, anxiety, low mood and overall mental health. Retails at £12 for 60 capsules (2 months supply); suitable for vegans; available from www.natures-way.com.