Q. Can ashwagandha make you lose weight?
A. Clinical studies in animals and humans indicate that ashwagandha may help achieve weight loss, although it is unclear precisely how the supplement works in this manner.
Q. How long does ashwagandha take to work?
A. It can take some time for ashwagandha to begin working within the body, and the duration also varies by individual, as well as by health goal. For instance, it will take longer to see weight loss with ashwagandha than it will take to alleviate stress and anxiety.
Q. Can women take ashwagandha?
A. Yes, clinical studies and medical trials have indicated that this supplement can be taken by both men and women, and may be able to deliver health benefits to both. Note that women who may become pregnant, are pregnant, or who are breastfeeding, should not take ashwagandha.
Q. Can ashwagandha be taken on an empty stomach?
A. Yes, ashwagandha can be taken on an empty stomach. If you experience discomfort when taking it on an empty stomach, consider taking it with a small amount of food instead.
Q. Does ashwagandha help you sleep?
A. One of the classical uses of ashwagandha was as a sleep aid, and the herb’s botanical name (Withania somnifera) also includes a nod to that use. Ashwagandha may be able to help you sleep more deeply and for more extended periods without disruption.
Q. Does ashwagandha cause high blood pressure?
A. It is unlikely, as ashwagandha has been indicated as a blood pressure reducer. Those taking blood pressure medication should consult a physician before taking this supplement.
Q. Does ashwagandha make you gain weight?
A. Ashwagandha is not indicated as causing weight gain. It is frequently used in order to lose weight. However, it may increase muscle mass, which can increase body weight, although it does not increase body fat percentage.
Q. Does ashwagandha affect the thyroid?
A. In clinical studies, ashwagandha increased the level of thyroid hormone in the body. Because of this, those who are taking thyroid medication should consult their physician before taking the supplement.
Q. Can ashwagandha be taken with water?
A. Yes, ashwagandha root can be taken with water, with milk, mixed into other liquids, and taken in other ways. One of the traditional means of consumption is to mix it with a combination of ghee, honey, and warm milk.
Q. Does ashwagandha cause high blood pressure?
A. In medical studies, ashwagandha consumption was associated with lowering blood pressure, rather than increasing it. Individuals taking medication for high blood pressure (hypertension) should consult their physician before adding this supplement to their regular regimen.
Q. Does ashwagandha increase testosterone for men?
A. There is some evidence that taking ashwagandha may increase testosterone levels in men as part of the sexual health benefits the herb might offer. However, no scientific studies have been conducted on this particular effect.
Q. Can ashwagandha improve fertility in men and women?
A. There is evidence that ashwagandha may help improve fertility in both men and women, but particularly in men. This is due to the potential of the herb to increase sperm count, improve sperm motility, and increase semen volume.
Q. Can ashwagandha help improve sex drive?
A. Several clinical studies have shown that ashwagandha may be able to improve sexual health in both men and women, including boosting libido, or sex drive. It is also indicated that the supplement may improve lubrication, ability to maintain an erection, ability to reach orgasm, and reduce or eliminate pain during intercourse for both women and men.
Q. Is ashwagandha helpful for bodybuilders?
A. One of the classical uses of this herb was for improving strength and muscle mass, and modern scientific studies indicate that ashwagandha may be able to increase both muscle mass and strength, along with physical endurance.
Q. Does ashwagandha have any side effects?
A. Yes, taking ashwagandha as a supplement can cause side effects and may also cause negative interactions with other medications and herbal supplements you may be taking. Most side effects are mild and short-lived, but some severe complications may arise for those with particular health conditions. If you are taking any form of prescription medication, consult your physician before taking Ashwagandha. Also note that ashwagandha may amplify the effects of other substances, such as alcohol, marijuana, St. John’s wort, and more.
Q. Is ashwagandha safe to take?
A. Ashwagandha is generally considered safe to take for most people. However, because it is an herbal supplement, it is not FDA approved, or FDA regulated. Additionally, some people should not take ashwagandha without consent from their doctors, including pregnant women and nursing mothers, those with lupus, those on auto-immune suppressant medications, those with type 1 diabetes, and more. If you have questions about the safety of ashwagandha in your particular situation, consult your physician.
Q. Can ashwagandha help with erectile dysfunction?
A. There is some scientific evidence that supports ashwagandha’s role in alleviating erectile dysfunction. The herb may be able to help with a wide range of sexual health-related problems, and sexual dysfunctions, including erectile dysfunction, inability to orgasm, delayed ejaculation, and premature ejaculation.
Q. Can ashwagandha reverse hair loss?
A. While ashwagandha is not reputed to act directly on hair loss, and no medical studies have been conducted involving male pattern baldness, or other forms of hair loss, the supplement may be able to reduce stress levels in the body and aid in rebalancing the hormones, two common causes of hair loss in men and women.
Q. Which part of the ashwagandha plant should I use?
A. While you will find supplements on the market that feature both roots and leaves of the ashwagandha plant, Ayurvedic tradition holds that ashwagandha root powder is the better choice. The root also contains the highest levels of withanolide, the active ingredient in Ashwagandha.
Q. Can I take ashwagandha long term?
A. There have been no medical studies conducted on the use of ashwagandha over extensive periods. While the supplement is considered generally safe for most people, usage is usually short term. Consult your physician if you have further concerns, or work with an Ayurvedic practitioner to determine the right schedule for your specific needs.
Q. Does ashwagandha affect hormone levels in the body?
A. Yes, ashwagandha may affect hormone levels within the body. In clinical studies, ashwagandha was shown to affect (increase) the levels of thyroid hormone in the body. Additionally, taking the supplement may reduce levels of cortisol in the body – a stress hormone secreted by the adrenal glands during times of high stress and anxiety.
Q. Is ashwagandha safe for vegetarians and/or vegans?
A. Yes, ashwagandha supplements should contain only plant material. However, you do need to ensure that you choose the right supplement, as low-quality manufacturers may include a wide range of fillers and other materials.
Q. Does ashwagandha contain gluten?
A. No, a quality ashwagandha supplement will be completely gluten-free.
Q. What other ingredients may be found in an ashwagandha supplement?
A. A high-quality ashwagandha supplement should contain no other ingredients, other than the material used to form the capsule that contains the powder. There should be no binders, no fillers, and no additives. For instance, at Trusted Nutrients, our Organic Ashwagandha supplement is gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, and shellfish-free. It also contains no animal products or preservatives. The only two ingredients, other than our vegetable cellulose capsules, are pure, organic ashwagandha root powder and organic black pepper extract to increase absorption in the body.
Q. What does ashwagandha root powder smell like?
A. The powder itself has a powerful odor that many people describe as “horse-like.” This is actually where the plant’s name comes from – ashwagandha means “horse scent.” The powder can also be quite bitter, which is why it was traditionally consumed with warm milk, honey, and butter. However, Trusted Nutrients’ ashwagandha root capsules have no taste or odor.