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What Is Ashwagandha?

Published in: Wellness

Looking for your next favorite super supplement? Ashwagandha, which comes from the roots and leaves of the Withania somnifera plant, might just be the one to consider. This hard-working member of the nootropics family of supplements delivers improved mental clarity, boosted energy and cardiovascular support, all while helping your body manage stress better. Sound too good to be true? Read on to learn more about what your Future Self needs you to know right now.

Ashwagandha: The Basics

This ancient herb has been used for more than 3,000 years in Ayuvedic medicine, according to Healthline. In Sanskrit, ashwagandha translates to "smell of the horse," in a nod to its strong aroma and its unique strengthening benefits. Numerous studies have been conducted, backing up claims that this powerful herb strengthens cognitive performance, reduces mental stress and may even have some pain-relieving properties, as noted by The Science Behind Ayurveda.  

Ashwagandha Benefits

The mental clarity and improved cognition earn this herb a spot among nootropics, or "brain vitamins" as they're often called. But those aren't the only benefits. Other reasons to consider adding ashwagandha to your routine include the following benefits — all backed by science according to Healthline:

  • Lower blood sugar levels and improved insulin sensitivity
  • Reduced levels of cortisol, the stress hormone
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Lower levels of inflammation
  • Improved muscle strength
  • Boosted cardiovascular health
  • Healthy endothelial function, for healthy tissue lining your arteries and veins

What to Look for When Choosing Supplements

Not all ashwagandha supplements are created equally. You want to choose a brand you can trust so you're sure you're getting the most out of the benefits offered. WebMD provides a few tips when shopping for supplements, including:

  • Do your research about a supplement's ingredients
  • Scope out the safety standards
  • Understand the daily recommended dose
  • Talk to your doctor about any potential interactions with other medications you take

Kickstart Your Day, Sharpen Your Focus

When you take a multivitamin that contains ashwagandha, you get the best of this herb's benefits along with a host of extras that boost you to everyday-superhuman status. The key is to choose a smart supplement like Orb's Mental Focus + Mood or one of the Orb Multis, all of which contain Sensoril, an organic, non-GMO form of ashwagandha protected by multiple patents and proven effective with 10 clinical studies behind it. Its self-affirmed Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status gives you added piece of mind.

But here's where it gets really cool — Orb's innovative two-in-one delivery system gives you time-released dosing of key ingredients to support healthy energy levels so you can power through your day. Now, that's living.