Ashwagandha is an adaptogen with some amazing benefits. First, let’s get on the same page about what an adaptogen actually is – adaptogens are in a class by themselves for herbal extracts. They have an amazing property of balancing and supporting multiple bodily systems (for example, the Nervous or Hormonal Systems). Whether your body is high or low in a given area an adaptogen can help restore homeostasis.
Although adaptogens work on multiple systems in the body, they are most famous for helping control stress. There are two common stages of stress that women face today. First, when a stressful situation occurs, the body releases too much of the “fight or flight” hormones cortisol and adrenaline, and you can feel shaky, anxious and on edge. Adaptogens can help control too much of these hormones from being released and reduce the feelings of being stress out. Next, after too many of these “fight or flight” situations occur on a long term basis, your body’s adrenal glands – which are responsible for producing cortisol and adrenaline – can become fatigued and unable to keep up. The longer chronic stress is experienced, the worse Adrenal Fatigue becomes. Adaptogens like Ashwagandha support rebuilding and restoration of your adrenal glands to counteract chronic stress.