Superfeast – Ashwaganda


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This potent herb has been used for millennia as a staple within the Ayurvedic system and by the general population as a tonic of India. Withania somnifera means ‘sleep-inducing’. The Hindi name for ashwagandha is asgandh, referring to the horse sweat-like smell of the root! Hah! This translates to granting the strength of a horse to those that use ashwagandha.


Ashwagandha is:  

  • otherwise known as Indian ginseng, Withania somnifera, winter cherry
  • a potent Jing herb; provides stamina
  • a reproductive tonic
  • able to stabilise the HPA axis
  • used to support yoga and meditation
  • unlike other aphrodisiacs, is not irritating and can be used without overstimulating the system 
  • known to reduce anxiety and depression
  • able to counter the effects of sleep deprivation
  • able to reduce inflammation
  • a powerful antioxidant
  • able to stimulate a healthy production of thyroid hormone




Ashwagandha contains the biochemical compounds steroidal alkaloids and steroidal lactones. These belong to a class of active constituents called withanolides. Within this constituent class of compounds, as both withaferin A and withanolide D.

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