Shakeology Ingredient Spotlight : Ashwagandha

ashwagandhaAshwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Indian ginseng, Winter cherry, Ajagandha, Kanaje Hindi and Samm Al Ferakh, is a plant in Solanaceae or nightshade family.

It is one of the 70+ ingredients found in Shakeology and has many uses in alternative medicine.

Medicinal Uses for Ashwagandha

All parts of the plant are used in herbal medicine. In Ayurveda, the fresh roots are sometimes boiled in milk, prior to drying, in order to leach out undesirable constituents. The berries are used as a substitute for rennet, to coagulate milk in cheese making.

Ashwagandha in Sanskrit means “horse’s smell”, probably originating from the odor of its root which resembles that of sweaty horse. The species name somnifera means “sleep-bearing” in Latin, indicating it was considered a sedative, but it has been also used for sexual vitality and as an adaptogen. Some herbalists refer to ashwagandha as Indian ginseng, since it is used in ayurvedic medicine in a way similar to that ginseng is used in traditional Chinese medicine.

The product called “ashwagandha oil” is a combination of ashwagandha with almond oil and rose water designed to be used as a facial toner, therefore should not be consumed. Nashi Widodo and co-workers in Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan) have now shown that an extract of ashwagandha acts as a tumor inhibitor, in the journal Clnical Cancer Research.

Ashwagandha Improves Longevity

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4 Responses to Shakeology Ingredient Spotlight : Ashwagandha

  1. Greg Greer May 5, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Good job on this post! Glad you shared this

    • Mark May 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

      You’re welcome! Ashwagandha is only 1 of the 70+ ingredients in Shakeology… good stuff.

  2. Lee Selders May 5, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Good job on this post! Appreciate you sharing this one

    • Mark May 11, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

      You’re welcome. Check back often for more tips and great info

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