You're Not Reaping All The Benefits Of Ashwagandha Unless You Take It In This Form
Ashwagandha is easily one of the most popular natural remedies for easing stress, and for good reason. It's been trusted for thousands of years and comes with a host of research-backed benefits. But what many people don't realize is that not all ashwagandha supplements will deliver the same effects—and bioactivity is essential.
Here's what to know if you're in the market for an ashwagandha supplement.
Why you want bioactive ashwagandha.
As integrative physician Cindy Tsai, M.D., previously explained to mbg, "Ashwagandha helps to regulate various brain pathways and decrease cortisol levels overall so that we can stay calm and relaxed," adding, "It's soothing and especially helpful for those who are feeling 'wired and tired,' anxiousness, and stressed."*
But the best way to get these benefits is to ensure your ashwagandha has high glycowithanolide content. Glycowithanolides are the unique plant compounds (aka phytonutrients) in ashwagandha that deliver its health benefits in the body, and ashwagandha extracts with a glycowithanolide content of 20% or higher are considered higher quality and more premium.
Our Shoden® Withania somnifera root and leaf extract is the world's most bioactive ashwagandha, with 35% glycowithanolide content and 21 unique antioxidant compounds. The powerful adaptogenic herb interacts with the HPA axis and is shown to promote stress resilience, enhance mood, and reduce key stress biomarkers.*
Ashwagandha can be a supportive sidekick when it comes to calming the mind and subduing stress—especially in its most bioactive form. So the next time you're looking for a stress-busting supplement, quality ashwagandha (such as what's found in calm+) can help do the trick.*
Sarah Regan is a Spirituality & Relationships Editor, a registered yoga instructor, and an avid astrologer and tarot reader. She received her bachelor's in broadcasting and mass communication from State University of New York at Oswego, and lives in Buffalo, New York.