The Benefits of Adaptogens and Ashwagandha | You Versus Food | Well+Good

The Benefits of Adaptogens and Ashwagandha | You Versus Food | Well+Good

Similar to how you had to do a bit of research to figure out how to actually pronounce it, there are still plenty of ashwagandha benefits that you may not even know about. Firstly, ashwagandha is an adaptogen. As Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, RD notes, "Adaptogens are herbs that are believed to help you cope better with the grind of life and all the challenges it throws your way. That includes stress, inflammation, pollutants, fatigue—and the list goes on." 

What's so unique about the herb is that ashwagandha can help lower levels of cortisol and overall stress. "That’s a good thing, because if cortisol (our stress hormone) gets out of hand, it can send your adrenal gland into overdrive, causing you to feel exhausted, fatigued, and weak," Lockwood Beckerman says.

In order to reap all the potential ashwagandha benefits, though, it's vital to choose the highest-quality organic ingredients, she adds. "A supplement is likely the easiest way to get your daily dose of ashwagandha," says Lockwood Beckerman.

In addition, Tracy Lockwood Beckerman recommends a supplement that contains 250-300 milligrams of extract per serving. UPGRAID, an all-natural, fully organic recovery aid, has 250 milligrams of turmeric mixed with 300 milligrams of ashwagandha—making it the ideal pop-in-your-mouth rejuvenation tool after an intense workout.

This ashwagandha-turmeric combo is Lockwood Beckerman's preference, as it delivers a one-two punch starting with reducing stress and then returning your body to a normal and healthy state of inflammations. What else can this adaptogen do? You'll just have to watch the video to find out.

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