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Updated: Jan 11, 2021

Ashwagandha is a plant. The root and berry have been used to help people maintain health. Its reputation in the Himalayas is thousands of years long.

Below is a collection of some of the traits of Ashwagandha and its ancient reputation.

Ashwagandha has been used in the past for arthritis, anxiety, trouble sleeping (insomnia), tumors, tuberculosis, asthma, a skin condition marked by white patchiness (leukoderma), bronchitis, backache, fibromyalgia, menstrual problems, hiccups, and chronic liver disease.

Ashwagandha is also used as an “adaptogen” to help the body cope with daily stress, and as a general tonic.

Some people have also been reputed to use ashwagandha for improving thinking ability, decreasing pain and swelling (inflammation), and preventing the effects of aging. It has also been used for fertility problems in men and women and also to increase sexual desire.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that’s popular in Ayurvedic literature and has been used for more than 2,500 years. It’s reportedly the most commonly used and extensively researched adaptogen herb. It’s valued for its thyroid modulating, neuroprotective, anti-anxiety, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are just some of the many ashwagandha benefits.

In India, ashwagandha is known as the “strength of the stallion” because it has traditionally been used to strengthen the immune system after illness. It has also been referred to as “Indian ginseng” because of its ability to enhance your stamina and work as a natural stress reliever.

NOTE 1: Aswaganda is in Himalayan Long Life Botanicals Super Superfood Greens 8% by volume, in Super Superfood Reds 4 % by volume, and in Super Superfood Gold it is 6% by volume.

NOTE 2: While these above are very interesting reports, our super superfoods do not include high volumes of ashwaganda. If you are ill, or have symptoms of illness, please, please go to a physician.

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