Adaptogenic herbs are all the rage and for good reason. We use fermented ashwagandha as this adaptogenic herb helps the body adapt to fight the effects of stress (including the stress hormone cortisol). Adaptogens are a group of special herbs that improve the health of our adrenal system.
Ashwagandha is powerful
Ashwagandha has also been used by Ayurvedic practitioners for thousands of years and features flavonoids and steroidal lactones called withanolides. Withanolides are believed to help support a healthy response to stress, to bolster mental and mood outlook, immunity and energy levels.
In studies, ashwagandha has been shown to tame high cortisol levels significantly. (We also recommend EPA-DHA supplements to balance cortisol spikes and reduce stress.) Some other amazing benefits included increased energy, better sleep, less fatigue, healthy blood sugar levels, and healthy lipid profiles. Simultaneously, ashwagandha has been able to help bolster DHEA levels to balance cortisol out. Today, it’s often prescribed to treat high blood pressure, insomnia, chronic fatigue, and impotence related to anxiety or exhaustion.
Clinically studied ashwagandha benefits include:
- Support healthy response to stress, physical, emotional and mental, and the stress hormone cortisol
- Support healthy cognition
- Helps promote mental clarity, concentration focus, and stamina
- Increase muscle strength, endurance, and athletic performance
- Improve sexual function and libido in both men and women
- Increase testosterone levels significantly (in men)
- Balance the hormones and boost the health of men and women
- Support healthy immune system function
- Support a healthy weight
- Support a healthy outlook
- Promotes a calming, relaxing state of mind
- Helps promote restful sleep
- Reduces stress to help promote more restful sleep
- Boosts energy and reduces fatigue
- Helps sustain energy levels
Let’s talk about fermentation
Fermentation is an ancient process used to break down food into more absorbable components. So why is this important? Fermentation pre-digests nutrients and makes beneficial compounds into more accessible and bioavailable forms. Fermentation can make certain foods more digestible.
For example, a lot of people can’t digest the gluten in bread very well. However, when fermented, like sourdough bread, they experience far fewer negative symptoms. Also, fermentation can increase the presence of probiotics in the substance. Try fermented ashwagandha and you have a potent and powerful supplement that can help increase the overall quality of life.
Written by Hannah Aylward
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