[caption id=”attachment_725117″ align=”alignleft” width=”345″] Ashwagandha Tincture[/caption]
Find out about ashwagandha, what it can do for you, and our commitment to quality in bringing you the best possible ashwagandha spagyric tincture available in this video.[no_toc]
The Ayurvedic scholar from 100BC, Charaka said of rasayanas, of which ashwagandha is the main one, “One obtains longevity, regains youth, gets a sharp memory and intellect and freedom from diseases, gets a lustrous complexion, and strength of a horse.”1* This root enhances Ojas, which is the equivalent in Chinese Medicine as Jing and has been in use for over 4000 years.*The name ashwagandha means “horse smell” as the fresh root has a strong horse-like odor. It is also believed to give you the strength and stamina of a stallion.* Another name it is known by is Indian Ginseng.
Here’s a quick summary of the benefits of taking ashwagandha tincture across many different functions, then we’ll dive deeper into how ashwagandha works, including the science backing it up.
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Jeff, our farmer, likes to describe ashwagandha as “the Great Unclencher.” In our modern-day society, an epidemic of chronic stress surrounds us. And that is why ashwagandha is becoming even more important.*
In quite a few studies ashwagandha has been shown to lower self-perceived levels of stress, as well as cortisol levels (the stress hormone) in the body.* One placebo-controlled study with 64 subjects, including both men and women, found that after 60 days stress and cortisol were significantly reduced.2* You can see an adapted chart from this study showing the effects on cortisol as compared to placebo.
[caption id=”attachment_61352″ align=”alignleft” width=”240″] Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Human Study Showing Reduction in Cortisol from Ashwagandha Root*[/caption]
Another study found similar reductions in stress-related parameters. This one included a decrease in c-reactive protein (CRP) which is a marker for chronic inflammation in the body.3*
How it works is still not fully understood. Research is looking at multiple different constituents, such as sitoindosides VII and VIII, as well as withaferin-A, for these anti-stress activities.4 The reduction of stress seems to happen from multiple pathways. This includes less cortisol signaling.*
And ashwagandha also appears to suppress some of the neuronal excitations in response to stress.* That is something we hear from customers taking ashwagandha regularly. Things or situations that use to stress them out…just don’t seem to anymore.*
Many people have found that ashwagandha helps in cases of anxious or depressed thinking.* These effects are likely best when they’re related to over-stress.
Several different human studies have found these anxiolytic properties to work consistently.2,5,6*
Depression isn’t as well study, though some rat research shows promise.7*
Part of these actions may be ashwagandha’s effects on GABA receptors, which brings us to our next section…
The Latin name, somnifera, comes from somnus, which means “to sleep.” This is not a plant that will knock you out like some others but taking it during the day, many people notice an easier time falling asleep, with overall improved sleep quality.*
Despite it being in the name of the plant, and one of its major uses, this area has barely been researched. One human study found that in addition to reductions in total and LDL cholesterol, increases in strength and decreases in fat, that six of the eighteen subjects reported better sleep.8*
Some research in rats looked at the mechanism by which ashwagandha brings its sleep-inducing effects.* This appears to be through the signaling of the GABA-A receptor.9 GABA being a neurotransmitter that helps not only with sleep but with feeling calm, this is likely part of its stress effects too.
Because it is things like stress that lead many into insomnia, this is likely the main method in which an ashwagandha tincture helps to bring deep, restorative sleep.*
One other note on this subject. Recent Japanese research isolated triethylene glycol from the leaves of Ashwagandha herb and found this to induce sleep in rats.10 Our tincture is predominately made with the root, as is typical, but includes 5% leaf for greater sleep and nootropic effects.*
Now we move onto how an ashwagandha tincture helps with hormone health. Let me start by saying that if cortisol is too high, this will inhibit all of the “good” hormones (progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, etc.) as it steals away the starting material for them. Thus, lower cortisol and all the sex hormones can improve. This may be the primary way it works here…but there does seem to be additional effects.*
[caption id=”attachment_61645″ align=”aligncenter” width=”600″] Excess Cortisol doesn’t leave enough material for the rest of the Sex Hormones. (This chart is over-simplified as there are more components and steps then just these.)[/caption]
In several human studies looking at infertile men, consistent results have seen the increases of testosterone and sperm quality.11-13* The first of these saw increases in testosterone and luteinizing hormone, while follicle-stimulating hormone and prolactin went down.*
What about guys that aren’t infertile? One study did find a 15% increase in testosterone in young, healthy guys.14* And this increase was not seen in the placebo group. We’ll get back to this study later…
Ashwagandha also supports women’s hormone health, though this is not as well studied.* While ashwagandha has a reputation as a male herb, very often women get even more benefit! In those same male studies, Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) were affected. Women make use of these hormones even more so than men.
One study looking at female sexual function, found ashwagandha supplementation increased scores on Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) over eight weeks.* This included significant improvements in desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and comfort.15*
[caption id=”attachment_61662″ align=”alignleft” width=”450″] Significant improvements in sexual health were seen.*[/caption]
Another area that ashwagandha has a reputation for helping in is modulating the thyroid hormones, and thus being used in both cases of hyper- and hypothyroidism.* As women have more thyroid issues than men, this can be another place where it shines.
Until recently, only rat studies have investigated ashwagandha’s effects of thyroid hormone levels thus far. One study showed an increase in T4, without T3.16* The other showed an increased in both T4 and T3.17*
But earlier this year a placebo-controlled human trial with fifty subjects found that ashwagandha supplementation normalized TSH, T3, and T4 in people with sub-clinical hypothyroidism.18*
It is likely that ashwagandha will best support the thyroid when such issues as stress are compounding them.*
Being that Ashwagandha helps with the general strengthening of the body (making you as strong as a stallion!) it’s no surprise that great effects have been studied in use of this root with various forms of exercise.*
In the aforementioned study, where normal, young men had their testosterone increase 15% with the use of testosterone, there were also increases in strength in the bench press and leg extension, as well as increased muscle size in the chest and arms.* Body fat decreased too.14* All these happened in the Ashwagandha group more so than the placebo group. Select charts from this study shown below.
[caption id=”attachment_61364″ align=”aligncenter” width=”600″] One study showing increases in testosterone, bench press strength, arm muscle size and more from ashwagandha supplementation as compared to placebo.*[/caption]
That’s not the only one. Looking at endurance a human trial found increases to VO(2) Max, velocity, and power.19* Another study looking at cyclists (elite athletes) found improved cardiorespiratory endurance, specifically VO(2) Max and time to exhaustion.20*
Increasing VO(2) Max is a big deal! For those not familiar with the term, it is a measurement of the maximum amount of oxygen a person can use during intense exercise. I’m not aware of any other herb that has two human trials showing improvement there.
Ashwagandha is being investigated for a wide range of effects in various issues of the central nervous system, including neurodegeneration.* One study looking at human neuronal cells found “protective effects of ashwagandha against β-amyloid-induced toxicity.”21* As you may know, beta-amyloid is a plaque that forms in the brain tissue found in Alzheimer’s patients.
[caption id=”attachment_61355″ align=”alignleft” width=”302″] In vitro testing showed Ashwagandha reversed beta-amyloid in human neuronal cells, showing it’s neuroprotective effects.*[/caption]
Part of this protection looks to be that the sitoindosides and withaferin A were found to increase antioxidant levels with superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and glutathione peroxidase (GPX) in certain areas of the brain, as was found in rats.22*
And ashwagandha interacts in numerous ways with our nervous system, including activity on several neurotransmitter receptors. This includes withanolides showing inhibition against butyrylcholinesterase and acetylcholinesterase.23* Butyrylcholinesterase activity may help with drug addiction. Acetylcholinesterase catalyzes the breakdown of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter, which is used for memory, learning, and cognition.
Then there is activity on the NMDA receptor, which is very important for controlling synaptic plasticity and memory function.24* Neurology is a complicated matter so all the details are not known, even with as much research as has gone behind ashwagandha.
Even if you’re not degenerating, there is some research showing that ashwagandha may act as a nootropic, meaning it can help improve things from baseline.* Ashwagandha has been shown to induce neurogenesis, the growth of neurons.25*
Furthermore, withanone and leaf extract increased BDNF, that is a brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which also supports the growth of nerves.26*
In another study, in some tests, ashwagandha supplementation improved the reaction time in some tests, though not all of the tests, as compared to placebo in humans.27*
Different studies show that sometimes ashwagandha suppresses the immune system, while other times it increases activity.* This shows that it is immunomodulating, with dual direction activity.*
This small study with five participants showed immune system activation, including increased T cells and natural killer (NK) cells.28*
Ashwagandha also helps to modulate the inflammation response, by inhibiting NF-κB and AP-1 transcription factors.29* These are important for protecting your DNA.
Speaking of DNA, ashwagandha increased telomerase activity in cell lines.30* For those that aren’t familiar telomeres are the end-caps of DNA and are one of the leading theories on what causes aging and death. Going beyond the cell line, ashwagandha was shown to extend the life span of C. elegans, a nemotode often used in anti-aging research, by 20%.31* Curiously, this only happened in one of the two worm types they used.
While research is looking into ashwagandha’s effects on cancer, one thing seems clear. Taking ashwagandha while getting chemotherapy helps lessen fatigue and improves quality of life as occurred in 100 breast cancer patients in one study.32*
Ashwagandha is one of the most researched herbs out there. Honestly, we’ve only covered some of its far-ranging benefits. A search on PubMed yields over 1,000 studies for the keyword ashwagandha. But now let’s switch gears and discuss more what sets our ashwagandha tincture apart from the rest.
This isn’t your average ashwagandha tincture. In fact, we would place this head to head against any other ashwagandha product on the market. This tincture is special because it is:
[caption id=”attachment_71990″ align=”alignleft” width=”323″] The roots of approximately one ashwagandha plant go into each bottle of our Ashwagandha Spagyric Tincture.[/caption]
1) Grown and Processed in Oregon – This is the ONLY commercially available ashwagandha from the states.
2) Spagyrically Prepared – This alchemical method adds the mineral component back into the tincture giving it more “body” and greater physiological effects. For more information on the process please read below!
3) Biodynamically Farmed – This allows for the highest quality roots with the most nutrients in them as the starting place for the tincture.
4) Tastes Great – In fact, it tastes like an ashwagandha tincture should, not weak and watered down like many on the market are.
Made with 40% organic cane alcohol and 60% purified water. After this is created, the remaining root matter is burned down and purified for the mineral content and added back into the liquid.
To get a product like this tincture takes a lot of time and a lot of work. Both time and work bespeak quality. The entire process takes roughly a year. Jeff, the main man behind this ashwagandha farm, does much of the work to make this happen and his commitment can be tasted. Each stage of the journey is done with practiced care and awareness. Below is the ENTIRE process from seed-to-bottle.
Beginning in February and March, Jeff and co. seed the ashwagandha in their greenhouse as ashwagandha is somewhat slow germination. While in the greenhouse they water, tend, and apply compost tea (compost, worm casings, kelp, and humic acid, horsetail, nettle) to ensure healthy starts.
[caption id=”attachment_61344″ align=”aligncenter” width=”300″] Zane overlooking the started Ashwagandha before transplantation takes place.[/caption]
In April, they apply Biodynamic Preparation 500 to the fields. This awakens the earth and brings life and balance to the soil.
In May, they prepare the earth by mowing and preparing the earth for transplanting the ashwagandha. From May 15th to June 15th they transplant out the ashwagandha into the fields.
[caption id=”attachment_61343″ align=”aligncenter” width=”300″] Logan and Jeff Transplanting Ashwagandha at the farm in Corbett, Oregon.[/caption]
From here they apply Biodynamic preparation 501 towards the end of June. This preparation of ground quartz crystal helps the sunlight turn into the matter as well as harden the leaf.
In July, they continue to apply compost tea. This helps the plants typically have sizable growth, growing what seems to be almost a foot a week!
They tend and weed the ashwagandha during August, preparing for the harvest.
[caption id=”attachment_17801″ align=”aligncenter” width=”225″] Jeff with a harvested, fully grown ashwagandha plant.[/caption]
The harvest happens in the fall. From the full moon of September to about the end of October they harvest and wash the roots.
Jeff will then prep the roots in order to cut them and soak them in a solution of alcohol and distilled water.
[caption id=”attachment_17800″ align=”aligncenter” width=”225″] The ashwagandha roots in being tinctured.[/caption]
After macerating for three months or more they drain the solution and press the herb material. Being a dense root they have found three months to be the minimum amount of time needed to get the deep reddish quality that they are looking for in the initial extraction.
They then do a finishing extraction to get as much out of the plant as possible into a solution and this takes about 10-14 hours per run.
After the extraction is complete, they rotary evaporate the solution to make it more concentrated.
From there they pack out a crucible (clay vessel) and burn the ashwagandha root for 12 hours. They then grind the ashes and burn it again.
[caption id=”attachment_61342″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″] Pressed roots, tincture, salts in dissolution, and the crucible for burning.[/caption]
They add water to the ash and then pour off the solution into a tray from which the water can be evaporated. The earth salts (potassium, sodium and some metals like iron) are left over from the ashwagandha root. They add these salts back into the tincture. These salts are aspects of the plant that do not dissolve out into the menstruum during the maceration process.
Adding the salts back in brings the tincture to a more complete and robust tincture of the plant roots that got pulled out of the dirt.
This whole process produces a much higher quality tincture than the simple stuff normally found in the market. If you value quality then you have certainly found it here.
As we learn more about the ashwagandha through laboratory testing we get to experience the joy of working with our suppliers like Jeff to help his product become even better. Working as a team to better the tincture benefits both our companies and most importantly, benefits those that consume it.
While we highly value nature’s intelligence we need to remember that humans are an integral part of nature. Using the tools of modernity to evoke the medicine out of a plant is just another form of humans interacting with their ecology. It is as old as time. As long as we respect the process and wisdom of the natural world, we can become, once again, effective agents for fostering a natural abundance for all humans and nonhumans alike as many of our forebears once did.
Jeff grew up in rural South Jersey. In his youth, he would work summer jobs on farms. His father had a large garden in the back yard and it provided most of their food growing up. Moving to California in 2000 he would begin managing a biodynamic farm. Soon thereafter he elected to move to Oregon and in 2009 returned to agriculture after working in the tech industry. He was inspired to grow medicinal herbs for his community after visiting a local herb shop and discovering that the plantain leaf they carried was coming from Poland (plantain grows everywhere so no reason they had to import it!).
He began growing medicinal herbs as one part of the farm and five short years later it became the main focus of the farm. He has been growing ashwagandha for over a decade now.
Like all our products our ashwagandha tincture comes back clean as far as heavy metals and bacteria are concerned. You can find all our lab reports on the Lab Results tab.
We’ve also tested our ashwagandha for withanolide content. This is just one grouping of the active ingredient inside ashwagandha, though of course, there is much more. Each dose of 1.5mL contains approximate 239 µg total withanolides.
See the lab test for the individual withanolide content, which includes different withanosides, withaferin, withanone and more. (Note that this is likely to vary from one year’s harvest to the next.)
This amount is likely smaller than you’ll find in powdered extracts, but we know there is something special about how tinctures work, where you can get more from less. Most of the research has been done with patented extracts with withanolide content of about 5-25mg depending on the dose. Again, this group of compounds isn’t everything and tinctures tend to be more absorbable (straight to bloodstream, rather than passing through digestion) than powders. We would love to compare the effects of our tincture against some of the well-known brands in a study, but until that time you’ll have to be the judge.
The recommended dosage is a dropperful (about 30 drops) twice per day or as directed by your medical professional. Feel free to use more or less than this as you see fit.
The taste it horse-like…just kidding! It is described as sweetish, bitter and astringent, with mucilaginous properties. Some people may find it off-putting but many people enjoy it.
Various studies typically used a powdered extract dose of 300-500mg, though sometimes its from 2-6 grams. Usually, the bigger amounts are straight powdered roots and not an extract. There is not enough research to compare how these dosages compare to using tinctures. We encourage you to experiment and find what works for you.
Generally, the side effects are mild at best, no more so than placebos. When there are side effects of Ashwagandha, this typically only happens at excessive dosages. It’s been reported to cause abortions, so pregnant women should avoid this herb.
Reports of stomach upset, diarrhea and issues with ulcers are not likely to occur at all with the tincture, as opposed to consuming the raw root.
It is not recommended to take in combination with sedatives or anti-anxiety drugs, or immunosuppressants. Please talk to your doctor before using if on these as well as thyroid medication.
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Dropperful (about 30 drops) twice per day.
A dropperful is equivalent to the amount of liquid that enters the glass tube using 1 squeeze (typically just over half full).
Spagyrically Prepared Tincture
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2 oz bottle / 40 servings per bottle
Gluten Free, Paleo Friendly, Vegan Friendly
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GMO's, Fillers, Preservatives, Added Sugar, Artificial Flavorings or Colorings
Ashwagandha Tincture for Anti-Stress & Sexual Support Grown in Oregon 2 fl oz (60ml)
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Ashwagandha – grown and prepared in Oregon this tincture can assist with Stress, Hormones, and is an antioxidant.
Details about Ashwagandha:
[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”What is ashwagandha?” style=”fancy”] Ashwagandha, also known as Withania somnifera, winter cherry, Indian ginseng, and other names is the root of a plant that has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is one of the most well-known herbs in Ayurvedic medicine, a reputation earned because of its great effects. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Is ashwagandha an adaptogen?” style=”fancy”] Yes, ashwagandha fits the adaptogen definition of “a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes.” [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”How does ashwagandha tincture work?” style=”fancy”] Ashwagandha has far-reaching effects on the body. It acts on sex and stress hormones. It acts on the immune system. It acts on the nervous system. It acts on more than those. While a fair amount of research has been done, all the details of how it works are still being figured out. Please see the main description page for more details. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Is ashwagandha tincture suitable for vegans and vegetarians?” style=”fancy”] Yes, no animals are involved in its production. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”What are the active constituents?” style=”fancy”]The main constituents are a group of what are called withanolides, which are steroidal lactones and include different compounds such as withanolide A, withasomniferin-A, withasomidienone, withasomniferols, withaferin A and many more. But that’s not all. There are also various alkaloids including ashwagandhine, ashwagandhinine, somniferiene, withanine and many more. Furthermore, there are sitoindosides, sitosterols and more. All of these are active in different effects.[/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]
[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”Is your ashwagandha tincture organic?” style=”fancy”] While it is not certified organic, it is grown and processed in organic (and biodynamic) conditions. No synthetic chemicals touch any part of the product. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”What is special about a spagyric tincture?” style=”fancy”] Spagyric is a little-known word that means herbal alchemy, that is the laboratory form of alchemy (as opposed to “internal alchemical practices”. While there are different spagyric processes, it means that this tincture starts like other tinctures where the marc (ashwagandha) is soaked in alcohol (menstruum). Typically, after the tincture is ready the marc is then discarded. But in a spagyric tincture, the marc is then dried and burned, ground up, and burned again until it is a fine white powder. This is then dissolved in water and goes through a filtered process to remove the soluble from insoluble minerals. Upon evaporation, mineral crystals are created. These are dissolved back into the tincture. This puts the mineral component, the salt or body of the plant, back into the tincture. Basically, it makes it stronger and more effective. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Which part of ashwagandha plant is used for the tincture?” style=”fancy”] The root is used. A small amount of the leaf (5%) is also added to the roots during tincture to give a more synergizing, full plant effect.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Where does it come from?” style=”fancy”] Our Ashwagandha is grown biodynamically and organically (though not yet certified in either) outside of Portland, Oregon. It is currently the only commercially available, USA grown ashwagandha available. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Is there anything else in the product?” style=”fancy”] Besides ashwagandha, this includes 40% organic cane alcohol and 60% distilled water. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Why does your ashwagandha tincture contain alcohol?” style=”fancy”] Alcohol is used to extract various effective components from the plant roots. This method has been used for hundreds of years. Alcohol draws out certain components that are not going to be available from raw root powder, hot water extracts or other methods of preparation. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Is this real ashwagandha?” style=”fancy”]Yes. We’ve gone to the farm to verify! Unfortunately, some other ashwagandha products are substituted with Withania coagulens. While a cousin of ashwagandha, there is nowhere close to the historic usage or modern-day science to say whether this other plant has beneficial effects.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”What amount of withanolides is in your tincture?” style=”fancy”]Our test shows each dose of 1.5mL contains approximate 239 µg total withanolides.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Isn’t that amount less than what is used in most studies?” style=”fancy”]How astute of you. Yes, it is, but there is something special about tinctures as a delivery vehicle (and some studies do use ethanol extracts. With a tincture, the components can enter straight into your bloodstream through sublingual absorption and not have to pass through digestion. We also think that the fresh roots, as opposed to dried, and the spagyric process add something else you don’t get in other ashwagandha extracts. Someday we hope to compare our tincture against some other leading suppliers in a head-to-head study.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Why do you use the leaves in addition to the root? I heard the leaves were useless.” style=”fancy”]Nope. Anyone that says that leaves are useless isn’t looking at how the plant was used historically or even modern research. Research has been showing benefits (like sleep) from the leaves. We add them for a more holistic tincture, while still using predominately the roots. It’s 95% roots to 5% leaves.[/su_spoiler][/su_accordion]
How to Take Ashwagandha Tincture:
[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”How do I use the tincture?” style=”fancy”] Squeeze the rubber bulb to draw up the tincture into the pipette. Squeeze it out under your tongue. Hold the tincture there, sublingually, for thirty seconds or so. This allows the tincture to enter your bloodstream directly, as the under-tongue part of your body has thin cells walls. After holding you may swallow whatever is left. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”When to take ashwagandha tincture?” style=”fancy”] Ashwagandha is not stimulating. It is rare among plants considered adaptogens to not be so. The Latin name, Withania somnifera, clues us into the fact that it aids in sleep. Somn- is Latin for sleep. You can take this tincture morning, noon or night. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”How long will this bottle last?” style=”fancy”] At the recommended dose of a dropperful (30 drops) twice per day, each 2-ounce bottle will last 20 days. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Should I take ashwagandha tincture on empty stomach or with food?” style=”fancy”] Either way, it doesn’t matter. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”How to make ashwagandha tincture?” style=”fancy”] If you want to make your own ashwagandha tincture, you’ll need to get your own roots or root powder and alcohol. We do not have these available, but if you get them elsewhere you can follow the steps as outlined in this video. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Do I take this product every day?” style=”fancy”] Yes, ashwagandha is something that is best used on a daily basis. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Should I cycle its use?” style=”fancy”] No, it is best to take on a daily basis. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”How long until I feel the effects?” style=”fancy”] With this spagyric tincture, many people that are energetically sensitive, will notice the effects right away. That being said, overall, ashwagandha is not an herb that most people feel right away. Most of its effects are felt more over time, by taking it regularly for weeks or months. Often times many will only notice the benefits by the contrast of effects when they stop taking it. Most of the studies appear to be for eight weeks of use. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”What does it taste like?” style=”fancy”] Ashwagandha has a distinctive taste. Its name means “smells like a horse,” and some of that is captured in the flavor. While many people describe the taste as bitter and bad, our tincture is the best tasting ashwagandha we’ve ever had. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”What is the expiration date?” style=”fancy”] Tinctures can be stored nearly indefinitely. Keep closed and in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. [/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]
[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”What is ashwagandha tincture good for?” style=”fancy”] It has many effects. The most pronounced is how it helps with stress and anxiety. It also is classically a Rasayana, meaning that it helps to restore the body, which includes balancing hormone levels. It is well liked by athletes for these effects as well. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Is ashwagandha tincture good for weight loss?” style=”fancy”] You shouldn’t be looking at herbs for any direct action on weight loss. It is first and foremost a matter of diet, and secondly a matter of exercise (not really for burning calories but the hormonal triggers it creates). That being said, certain herbs like this one can help in indirect ways. By helping various hormones, including sex hormones and cortisol, you can better handle stress and overall your body should be improved in order to get better results from a good weight loss plan. Some of the studies have found these effects. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Is ashwagandha tincture a nootropic?” style=”fancy”] It’s certainly not as powerful as drugs, or even some other herbs, like bacopa, but it does seem to have some effects here. It is active on certain neurotransmitter receptors, but the main benefit may be from reducing stress which could interfere with normal cognitive performance. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Does ashwagandha tincture increase height?” style=”fancy”] This ayurvedic herb seems to have gained a reputation for this. While this is likely not to happen in the majority of cases, if it was able to help restore hormone levels it could possibly occur in a few. The recommended protocol was to mix ashwagandha in cow’s milk along with jaggery or sugar and drink before going to bed at night. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Is ashwagandha good for hyperthyroid or hypothyroid?” style=”fancy”] Ashwagandha may increase the number of thyroid hormones the body produces, having been shown to be useful for hypothyroid. It has a reputation of being modulating to the thyroid hormones, which would mean it would also help in cases of hyperthyroid, however, this hasn’t been studied yet.[/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]
Side Effects and Contraindications:
[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”Is ashwagandha addictive?” style=”fancy”] No.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Who shouldn’t take this product?” style=”fancy”] People on various medications (see other questions) may want to check with their doctors first. Pregnant women should avoid Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is said to be an irritant in the case of stomach ulcers. Since this is a tinctured form, and doesn’t touch the digestive tract, this should not be a problem, as a powder or powdered extracts could be. People who are allergic to alcohol may want to put the drops in hot water to evaporate the alcohol before taking. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Is this safe while pregnant or breastfeeding?” style=”fancy”] Ashwagandha has abortifacient properties and thus is to be avoided during pregnancy. But ashwagandha has long been used during breastfeeding to support the health of the mother and may even help support lactation. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Is ashwagandha in the nightshade family?” style=”fancy”] This root is in the Solanaceae family, the same as nightshades, so the answer is yes. If you are sensitive to nightshades this may be one herb you want to avoid. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Isn’t withaferin A dangerous?” style=”fancy”] Withaferin A is cytotoxic. But specifically, it appears to target cells you don’t want to have in your body, as opposed to healthy cells. According to our lab results, there are only 8.6 micrograms per mL. This amount is unlikely to cause negative side effects.[/su_spoiler][/su_accordion]
Interactions with Diseases:
[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”Is ashwagandha a blood thinner?” style=”fancy”] This is one of the properties, so if you are on blood thinner medication, talk to your doctor before using this root. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Does ashwagandha lower blood pressure?” style=”fancy”] It may lower blood pressure. Please talk to your doctor if you are on blood pressure medication. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”How does it interact with blood sugar levels?” style=”fancy”] Ashwagandha might lower blood sugar levels. If you’re on insulin or other diabetic medication, please talk to your doctor before using. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Are there any drug interactions associated with ashwagandha tincture?” style=”fancy”] With any sedatives, barbiturates, and anxioletics Ashwaghanda is contraindicated as it may potentiate these effects. Ashwagandha supports the immune system, so if you’re on immunosuppressives it will likely counter the effects to some degree. Please talk to your doctor in any of these cases. [/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]
Combinations with Other Herbs:
[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”What other products can I take with this product?” style=”fancy”] Ashwagandha mixes well with a variety of different herbs. Traditionally it is often used with other Ayurvedic herbs such as shilajit, Shatavari, turmeric, tulsi, Triphala, bacopa and more. As it has a wide range of effects by mixing it with other herbs of a more specific nature it can help to bring out that effect in the ashwagandha. For instance, for more adaptogenic effects take along with Rhodiola. [/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]
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