The Benefits of Ashwagandha Supports Healthy Cortisol and Healthy Thyroid. Improves Sleep, Provides Neuroprotection and Much More. Great for Men and Women!
Here’s a quick summary of the benefits of taking ashwagandha tincture across many different functions, then we’ll dive deeper into how ashwagandha works, including the science backing it up.
- Lowers stress and cortisol.*
- Activity on GABA receptors supports Healthy Cortisol and Emotional Wellbeing.*
- Modulates the inflammation response.*
- Modulates the immune system.*
- Increases testosterone in both infertile as well as healthy men.*
- Supports women’s hormone health.*
- Supports healthy thyroid hormone function, possibly in both cases of hyper- and hypothyroid.*
- Increases strength, endurance (including VO2 Max) and muscle mass.*
- Helps protect the nervous system from neurodegeneration.*
- May act as a nootropic, assisting memory, learning, reaction times and other forms of cognition.*
- Protects DNA.*
In quite a few studies ashwagandha has been shown to lower self-perceived levels of stress, as well as cortisol levels (the stress hormone) in the body.* One placebo-controlled study with 64 subjects, including both men and women, found that after 60 days stress and cortisol were significantly reduced.2* You can see an adapted chart from this study showing the effects on cortisol as compared to placebo.
Another study found similar reductions in stress-related parameters. This one included a decrease in c-reactive protein (CRP) which is a marker for chronic inflammation in the body.3*
How it works is still not fully understood. Research is looking at multiple different constituents, such as sitoindosides VII and VIII, as well as withaferin-A, for these anti-stress activities.4 The reduction of stress seems to happen from multiple pathways. This includes less cortisol signaling.*
And ashwagandha also appears to suppress some of the neuronal excitations in response to stress.* That is something we hear from customers taking ashwagandha regularly. Things or situations that use to stress them out…just don’t seem to anymore.*
Not Just Stress…But How These are Linked to Effects on Healthy Cortisol and Emotional Wellbeing*
Many people have found that ashwagandha helps in cases of anxious or depressed thinking.* These effects are likely best when they’re related to over-stress.
Dosage and How to Take Ashwagandha Tincture
The recommended dosage is a dropperful (about 30 drops) twice per day or as directed by your medical professional. Feel free to use more or less than this as you see fit.
The taste it horse-like…just kidding! It is described as sweetish, bitter and astringent, with mucilaginous properties. Some people may find it off-putting but many people enjoy it.
Various studies typically used a powdered extract dose of 300-500mg, though sometimes its from 2-6 grams. Usually, the bigger amounts are straight powdered roots and not an extract. There is not enough research to compare how these dosages compare to using tinctures. We encourage you to experiment and find what works for you.