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The Benefits of Ashwagandha



Life is most certainly trying at times. When stress starts to affect your daily life, try supplementing your diet with Ashwagandha. Although it’s been around for centuries as part of Ayurveda (the system of medicine in India), this herb as enjoyed renewed popularity.

Ashwagandha is an herbal shrub and is part of a class of plants called adaptogens. Adaptogens and can be ingested as tea, powder, tinctures, supplements, or in raw form.

It’s best known for its ‘mood-boosting’, ‘stress-busting’ properties and may have interrelated effects. Less stress = better sleep = lower cortisol production = better blood sugar numbers.

At Whole Food Guru, we recommend two Ashwagandha products, offered by Standard Process: 

The first is Ashwagandha Forte an herbal supplement that contains Ashwagandha root single-ingredient preparation of Withania somnifera, also known as ‘Ashwagandha’. Each tablet is standardized to contain 10 mg, which ensures optimal strength and quality.

  • Assists the body’s natural immune system
  • Better well-being after stressful events
  • Supports healthy cognition, learning and memory
  • Helps calm the mind and soothe the nerves*

Caution: Not to be used during pregnancy and lactation unless otherwise directed by a qualified health care professional. If you have a thyroid condition, use strictly under physician direction. For other contraindications and cautions consult your health care professional. Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.

For other contraindications and cautions, please refer to the Potential Herb-Drug Interactions Chart found here: Interactions Chart. 

The second product is Ashwagandha Complex containing four adaptogenic herbs: Ashwagandha, Korean Ginseng, Licorice, and Skullcap.  

  • Helps the body adapt to the challenges of each day
  • Maintains or improves overall well-being
  • Promotes vigor and resilience in people of any age
  • Supports a healthy mood balance*

Caution: Contraindicated in high blood pressure, edema (water retention), congestive heart failure, low blood potassium, pregnancy and lactation. Discontinue during an acute infection or fever. If you have a thyroid condition use strictly under physician direction.

For other contraindications and cautions, please refer to the Potential Herb-Drug Interactions Chart found here: Interactions Chart.

In conclusion, Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to promote overall health and well-being. It is especially beneficial for reducing stress, anxiety, and fatigue, and it may also help to improve cognitive function, sleep quality, and athletic performance. Ashwagandha is generally safe for most people to take, but it is important to talk to your doctor before taking it if you have any health concerns. 

If you are looking for a natural way to improve your health and well-being, Ashwagandha is a great option!

Dr. Robert Powell, The “Wholefood Guru” 

At Wholefood Guru, we strive to provide the most up-to-date clinical information on improving health through whole food supplementation, diet, and lifestyle modifications. Wholefood Guru is an authorized online distributor of Standard Process health products.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Sources:, April 2023

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