In today’s world we are constantly ‘on’, always connected, expected to work hard, play hard, look great, and keep smiling. Balance is the name of the game, but it isn’t always easy to achieve. It’s no wonder we’re all feeling stressed, experiencing increased insomnia and suffering from bouts of anxiety.
Ashwagandha has long been touted as the holy grail when it comes to improving sleep, managing stress and reducing anxiety and we know what we’ll be taking to help us through these most unfamiliar of times.
Ashwagandha provides a range of sleep benefits and stress benefits, and - when taken consistently - can help you to mitigate anxiety and feel more balanced as you go about your daily life. That’s why we have included it in our formula. When your health needs it most, trust LYMA.
Here, we break down everything you need to know about the adaptogen and its special stress-relieving and insomnia-busting properties. Your health won’t get better by chance, it gets better with change.
So, what is ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha - also referred to as Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry - is a member of the nightshade family of plants, and has been used for centuries by Ayurvedic practitioners to help support people’s sleep, stress and anxiety cycles. It has become more readily available over the past few years as people have begun to appreciate the myriad benefits provided by adaptogens more widely.
What are the benefits of ashwagandha?
1. Reduces Stress
Ashwagandha helps to regulate cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, resulting in reduced adrenaline, decreased heart rate, a decline in stress-related aches and pains, and a lesser likelihood of succumbing to adrenal fatigue or burnout.
2. Boosts Immunity
Ashwagandha helps to keep the immune system in happy harmony. Ayurvedic practitioners maintain that ashwagandha can help balance the two different types of white blood cell that exist within your immune system, and which work together to keep illness and infection at bay. This balance is fundamental to keeping your immune system strong, and your health protected.
3. Reduces Inflammation
Inflammation can be caused by any number of things; from diet and exercise, to environmental stressors and over-working. Inflammation basically occurs whenever your body falls out of balance or harmony. High levels of inflammation can make you more susceptible to disease. Taking ashwagandha can be a really effective way to encourage your body to revert to homeostasis, or its natural, harmonious state.
4. Calms Anxiety
Studies have demonstrated huge reductions in anxiety as a result of supplementing with ashwagandha. In one 6-week study, 88% of people who took ashwagandha reported a reduction in anxiety, compared with 50% of those who took a placebo.
5. Improves Brain Health
Studies have shown that ashwagandha can potentially be used to support memory and cognitive function.
Ashwagandha has neuroprotective qualities which could help to slow the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
In addition, scientists have demonstrated ashwagandha’s ability to encourage and promote the formation of dendrites, allowing for more efficient communication between different cells in the body. An increased number and greater concentration of dendrites in the brain has been linked to improved brain health.
6. Helps to Regulate Blood Sugar
As with other systems in the body, blood sugar needs to be kept in perfect balance if you are to feel your best and perform optimally. Ashwagandha has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and decrease blood sugar levels, both of which reduce overall stress on the body and result in lower levels of inflammation. Supplementing with ashwagandha may also help you maintain a healthy weight.
Can ashwagandha improve sleep quality?
The short answer is ‘yes’.
Ashwagandha is a member of the species somnifera which, in Latin, means ‘sleep-inducing’.
Ashwagandha can be a very effective treatment for insomnia. This is down to the fact that the leaves of the plant contain something called ‘triethylene glycol’; a compound that is responsible for sending sleep signals from the brain to the body and back again.
Ashwagandha works to calm the body’s systems and helps you to wind down more quickly and easily and stay asleep for longer, all the while experiencing a better quality of sleep.
What is KSM-66® ashwagandha and why is it better than other forms?
Several randomized studies have been conducted that show full spectrum root extract KSM-66® to be the most effective form of ashwagandha for human consumption.
KSM-66® is the most bioavailable form of ashwagandha out there and has the ability to improve stress and anxiety resistance, promote relaxation, improve quality of sleep and reduce and maintain normal cortisol levels to help calm you down and relax the body and mind. KSM-66® has also been found effective to reduce food cravings.
KSM-66® is formulated at a daily dose of 600mg in LYMA. When consumed in conjunction with the rest of our evidence-based formula, you will - finally - be able to unlock your full potential. There’s no better feeling than feeling your best.
Originally published Jan 14, 2021.