Anxiety, Stress & Depression: The Mental Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

Anxiety, Stress & Depression: The Mental Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

You may have come across the term ashwagandha but what is it and why do I need it? Ashwagandha is an ancient Ayurvedic medicinal herb that has been used for over 3000 years to support stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions. 

Ashwagandha has a whole host of benefits for your body and brain such as enhanced libido, boosted fertility and increased testosterone in men. Ashwagandha supplements have been shown to lower anxiety, relieve stress and contribute towards reduced depression.

Ashwagandha is classified as an adaptogen, meaning that it can help your body to better deal with stress and can return you to a state of balance and homeostasis when things get out of whack. Ashwagandha has also been shown to have powerful immune-boosting properties. Gosh, why wouldn't you give it a go?

Our Sleep Aid contains ashwagandha, an industry-leading, full spectrum adaptogen that is backed for efficacy. Ashwagandha is the highest concentration, most bioavailable full spectrum root extract. Ashwagandha is 100% safe and with no toxicity risk and it has a higher percentage of active compounds than any other root-only extract.

Below you'll see some of the many benefits of ashwagandha:


1. Stress

Ashwagandha supplements have been shown to reduce cortisol levels in people suffering from chronic stress.

Cortisol, along with adrenaline, is the main hormone responsible for your body's stress response. Cortisol is released by your adrenal glands in response to environmental stressors. Environmental stressors can be anything from being chased by a predator to your blood sugar falling too low.

Supplementing with ashwagandha can help to reduce cortisol levels. Ashwagandha works by soothing the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal (HPA) glands that excrete hormones including stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Whilst a certain amount of stress can actually be good for you, by calming the HPA, excessive cortisol is reduced and your ability to handle stress improves.

In one study of adults who’d been diagnosed as being chronically stressed, those who supplemented with ashwagandha reported reduced feelings of stress, and demonstrated significantly reduced levels of blood cortisol after just 30 days. The control group saw no such change.


2. Anxiety

A number of controlled clinical studies have been able to demonstrate ashwagandha supplements’ ability to reduce symptoms in people with anxiety and panic disorders.

In one nine week study of 64 people who had reported anxiety, 69% of participants reported reduced anxiety and improved sleep. This was compared with a mere 11% of people in the placebo group claiming to have experienced reduced anxiety.

Anxiety can cause insomnia and - by way of vicious cycle - vice versa. By nourishing the nervous system and reducing anxiety, it has been shown that ashwagandha can actually improve both sleep onset latency (the time it takes to fall asleep) and quality of sleep. The results of sleep surveys have time and again demonstrated a positive and powerful correlation between anxiety levels and insomnia.

Ashwagandha can be a very effective treatment for insomnia. This is down to the fact that the leaves of the plant contain something called ‘triethylene glycol’; a compound that is responsible for sending sleep signals from the brain to the body and back again.

Anxiety is actually deemed by some experts to be the number one leading cause of insomnia and disruptive sleep cycles in otherwise healthy adults: anxiety-related exhaustion is real.

Sleep Aid is proving to be an absolute game-changer for those suffering from chronic anxiety, insomnia, or both. Thousands are reporting amazing benefits after even a few days of taking the supplement.


3. Depression

Depression is a clinical condition and one that needs to be formally diagnosed by a registered medical professional. What the research does suggest, however, is that while supplements alone can in no way cure depression, taking ashwagandha could help to alleviate some of the symptoms.

Ashwagandha is a potent antioxidant and can help to encourage a reduction in oxidative build-up and degradation of mood-regulating chemical neurotransmitters in the brain. By targeting free radicals in the brain, ashwagandha can help to protect against cellular tissue damage in the thyroid, thus nourishing the parts of the brain associated with depression and elevating mood.

So what can I do?

There are a number of steps you can take towards improving your mental health, including cleaning up your diet, increasing the amount of exercise you do, prioritising sleep, trying out regular breath work and taking time out for yourself.

If you’re looking for a new way to combat stress, anxiety and depression then Sleep Aid as formulated by Ultimate Blend is well worth a try.

"Ultimate Blend Sleep is a premium anti-anxiety and de-stress formula designed to calm your mind and relax your body. We understand that from time to time we all need a little extra nutritional support to help with anxiety, depression, stress and more. Our premium formula was expertly curated to contain the optimal natural mix of adaptogens, herbs and vitamins known to support stress relief, so that you can keep calm and stress free" Beth Cook, Nutritionist and Founder of Ultimate Blend


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