Most of you probably already know, that we’re big on adaptogens here at Cosmix. One of our favorites happens to be Ashwagandha. Withania somnifera, Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, or winter cherry, Ashwagandha goes by many names and can be found all over India, parts of Africa and the Middle East. So why has this otherwise unimpressive shrub, got us so excited?
Let’s go back to the very beginning. There is proof that even 3000 years ago, Ashwagandha was being used for stress-relief, to improve concentration and increase energy levels. Over 3000 years later, here we are re-discovering the magic of this funky root.
Ashwagandha today, is widely used to treat stress, fatigue, skin diseases, even diabetes and gastrointestinal issues. Certain studies show that it helps in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and epilepsy and is also used as a painkiller.
What has us excited, is the use of Ashwagandha as an adaptogen. When your body is stressed, an automatic fight or flight response kicks in, resulting in a cortisol spike. Prolonged stress = high cortisol levels. Ashwagandha helps keeps your cortisol level in check and helps your body manage stress.
There is a lot that is yet to be scientifically proven, but Ashwagandha has been shown to help with a lot more than stress:
Helps manage symptoms of chronic stress
Reduces blood sugar levels
Could help mitigate cancer
Could reduce depression
Could boost testosterone and fertility in men
Helps lower cholesterol and triglycerides
Helps improve memory
As with anything beneficial, overconsumption has some serious side effects. When consumed in large doses, Ashwagandha can cause an upset stomach, diarrhea, and vomiting. The ideal dosage is between 125 – 500 mg a day.
The Ashwagandha we use in our mixes, is especially potent. It is cultivated religiously in Northern Karnataka and the utmost care is taken to ensure that the soil has no inherent chemical pesticide or chemical fertilizer contamination. Even the manure used is all-natural compost manure. Our Ashwagandha is intercropped with chia to help increase the nitrogen content in the soil. This helps the Ashwagandha roots to grow long, thick and healthy.
You can find your daily dose of Ashwagandha in our 'Stress Me Not', 'All Day Energy' and 'Sleep Like a Baby' mixes.