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Now Foods Ashwagandha, 450mg,Veg Capsules, 90ct
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Supplement Facts Serving Size: 1 Veg Capsule Servings Per Container: 90 Description Amount per Serving % Daily Value * Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.† Daily Value not established. Ashwagandha Extract (Withania somnifera) (Root) (min. 2.5% Total Withanolides - 11 mg) 450 mg† Other Ingredients: Cellulose (capsule), Rice Flour and Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source). Not manufactured with yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, fish, shellfish or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens. Caution: For adults only. Not recommended for pregnant/nursing women. Consult physician if taking medication or have a medical condition (especially gastrointestinal conditions, including ulcers). This product may cause digestive upset in some sensitive individuals. If you experience any gastrointestinal discomfort after using this product, discontinue use. Keep out of reach of children. Natural color variation may our in this product. Do Not Eat Freshness Packet. Keep in Bottle. Store in a cool, dry place after opening. Please Recycle. Family owned since 1968. *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.
Take 1 capsule 2 to 3 times daily. Store in a cool, dry place after opening. CAUTION: For adults only. Not recommended for pregnant/nursing women. Consult physician if taking medication or have a medical condition (especially gastrointestinal conditions, including ulcers). This product may cause digestive upset in some sensitive individuals. If you experience any gastrointestinal discomfort after using this product, discontinue use. Keep out of reach of children.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an herb that is extensively used in Ayurveda, the traditional herbal system in India. Ashwagandha is used as a general tonic and "adaptogen", helping the body adapt to temporary normal stress.* In addition, preliminary data suggest that Ashwagandha supports a healthy immune system.
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I purchased this after months of seeing healthy living influencers on social media discuss the benefits of "adaptogens" in helping the body to adapt to stress, boost immunity, balance hormones and take the edge off anxiety - and Amazon reviews appeared to indicate similarly for this product.
What I didn't see in the negative reviews for this product was the possibility that this product may, in fact, mess up your hormonal balance. I took heart in a couple reviews criticizing that this may not be an effective dose, because that meant that any negative side effects might be minor for me. 1 took one pill daily for about two months and needed to discontinue.
I want to contribute to pool of reviews is that:
* this CAN be an effective dose for you, depending on what you need it for. This is because:
* I had NEGATIVE, UNANTICIPATED side effects that were CONTRARY to purported effects. Rather than "balancing" my hormones, it seemed to UNBALANCE them - my period went completely on hiatus (1 month delay) until I realized Ashwagandha may have been the cause; it resumed two weeks after I stopped this product. Balancing is bollocks!
* I also noticed extra hair growth, so it seems to have upped my testosterone levels. I'm a lady, so this bollocks again...meaning perhaps best for dudes or non-hirsutes.
Obviously, YMMV but ladies please watch out and keep in mind that this may not have the hormonal effect you need.
So I started taking the Ashwagandha/Rhodiola combo in January like I said. I did actually notice that I felt less stressed at my job, less frustrated when unexpected tasks and issues occurred(normally unexpected work would really stress me, moreso than necessary). I am definitely a "future-worrier", like if there's something I am not looking forward too coming in a few weeks(or months), I will worry about it needlessly every day until it arrives and my anxiety will heighten by the day. I felt good taking this herb. Not in a way that it altered my mood or anything, it was just like the burden of worry was gone and I was free to go about my day.
However, I didn't realize *how much* I appreciate this herb until I STOPPED taking it. I don't know, I fell out of my routine of taking my supplements. Got busy, didn't think about it. Started missing one of them a day(I took morning and night). Then eventually stopped taking it completely. Not because I didn't like it, but I just forgot. I got out of the habit. I didn't realize what it was doing for me, I guess I grew complacent.
So, about 2 months later after quitting them, I realize that I am *worrying* about things! Stupid things, things that wouldn't even be difficult, I just didn't like the idea of them. I realized that I wasn't enjoying my weekends because almost immediately when they started, I would start worrying about the next week. I realized I had a very "on edge" feeling all the time and it was preventing me from enjoying anything. If I randomly got a day off from work in the middle of the week, I couldn't enjoy it, I was thinking about work the next day. It was then that I realized how much my anxiety was affecting me and robbing me of my free time. I started thinking, wow, when did this happen? Why am I worrying about this stuff all the time???
I realized, I had stopped taking my herbs shortly before this started! I still had them in the cabinet. So I took the Ashwagandha again and I felt the edge come off again! I was again able to relax! It was subtle, but again, it was like all this needless worry left me. My life was obviously exactly the same as before, just without the burden of my anxiety. Now, my husband is skeptical of everything and tried to tell me it was a placebo affect, but I am not one to lie to myself about supplements. If I don't notice a change, I don't notice it. I'm not going to convince myself that I feel something when it isn't there. Plus, please try to tell my brain to stop worrying about things because I am supposedly taking something to stop it. It doesn't work! My brain doesn't listen to me like that, if its going to worry its going to worry, anxiety cannot be turned off by willpower! (lol) It is amazing the difference I feel when I take the Ashwagandha!
So I've been back on it for week now and I have been very stress free since! More patient. Less agitated, less moody, and more importantly, finally about to let go of my worrying! Sometimes I just take the Ashwagandha by itself. It seems to be the one that is working for me. I do not feel the same, full effect when I take the Rhodiola by itself, but they do seem to work well together. I will keep this on hand from now on!
This NOW product has a milder influence on mood regulation than other typical extracts. It is not as sedative as Sensoril extracts, and it doesn't seem to really have the sometimes over-stimulating effects that KSM-66 or generic extracts are reported to have.
This is a mellow but potent extract that I would encourage experimenters to try first before using other brands.