Wellness Wednesday: The Increasing Popularity and Many Benefits of Ashwagandha


In the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the prevalence of anxiety and depression increased globally by a massive 25%, according to a scientific brief released by the World Health Organization (WHO). Increases in a variety of mental health conditions has led many to prescription medications; that is of course if they have insurance and can afford them. But for those who prefer not to, or cannot take medical prescriptions, there are some natural alternatives. Of course, always discuss even natural supplements with your health professional.


Ashwagandha, also known as Indian Ginseng, is a safe and effective medicinal plant that has been used for centuries as a potent immunity booster and nervous system soother.


Ashwagandha is classed as an adaptogen, defined as a plant or mushroom that can help your body respond to stress, anxiety, fatigue and overall wellbeing. Here are just a few of its benefits:


1. Ashwagandha is probably best known and loved for its stress-relieving properties, decreasing stress and anxiety levels significantly. Because it helps reduce stress and anxiety, it in turn helps with sleep.

2. A few small clinical studies found ashwagandha helpful in reducing blood glucose levels which could prove to be useful for type 2 diabetics.

3. Research continues with ashwagandha’s efficacy in improving muscle size and strength. Although there seems to be potential here, not a lot of research has been completed; however, some observations have included increased in muscle strength with a reduction in body fat levels and reduced cholesterol levels.

4. Ashwagandha can benefit women experiencing sexual dysfunction. Significant improvements in arousal, libido and orgasm have been self-reported by participants in a study in 2015.

5. Ashwagandha may help improve cognition, memory, and the ability to perform motor responses.


Some adaptogens are not readily available over the counter in all countries. Ashwagandha, however it one that seems to be easier to purchase at your local pharmacy such as Boots in the United Kingdom or Ireland, and CVS and Walmart in the US. It is readily available on Amazon (Ashwagandha, Rhodiola and Turmeric)


There are not a lot of supplements that I personally recommend but Ashwagandha is one that I use regularly and do believe in its anxiety reducing properties. I’ve linked the brand that I use above; it’s combined with another adaptogen, Rhodiola Rosea, and Turmeric for anti-inflammatory benefits. And no, I’m not paid to advertise this product – I just believe in its efficacy.

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