Much of our outlets for healthy living have been restricted or taken away lately. Going to the gym, our favourite spin class, team sports…this is not a rabbit hole we want to go down.
What we have been spending a ton of energy on is the things we can control and that includes the foods we eat. So it’s a perfect time to visit an older post on Ashwagandha especially since one study showed that it may actually have potential to fight covid-19.
This is a very young theory but it’s exciting that a natural and whole food could potential help us fight a current pandemic!
Superfood Ashwagandha is a herb that has been used for far back as 3,000 years ago for its restorative and healing purposes. It’s even been called the ‘Indian Ginseng’ because of its many medicinal properties and because it originates from regions of India, Africa, and the Middle East.
The ashwagandha plant is a small round bush that produces yellow flowers and red fruit about the size of a black bean. People do eat the shoots, flowers, and seeds but you’ll most likely find ashwagandha powder made from the roots (which have a strong smelly odor).
But you might want to try and get past the smell because ashwagandha roots are packed with nutrients including amino acids, fatty acids, alkaloids, and neurotransmitters. The nutritional content and its effect on our health have been studied extensively recently including its ability to:
Traditionally Ashwagandha powder has been mixed with milk and honey and taken before bed to support a deep and calming sleep. It can also be taken with ghee and honey as a way to feel refreshed and recharged. It can also be added to smoothies, juices, or taken in pill form.
It seems like more benefits to ashwagandha are being discovered every year. However, we recommend speaking with your health professional to determine what the appropriate serving is or dosage is for you. Taking too much ashwagandha powder can cause stomach pains, digestive issues, vomiting, or nausea and is not recommended for pregnant or women who are breastfeeding.
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