SANUSq Botanique: Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) in vegetable capsules - 400 mg x 90
Rejuvenate: Stress, Anxiety, Fatigue
Current batch best before date: August 2025
Country of origin: India
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Contains: (per capsule) 400 mg organically grown Ashwagandha in vegetable capsules
Suggested dosage: We suggest 3 capsules per day.
Storage: Refrigerate after opening, and use within 60 days
What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is a plant native to India, where it has been an integral part of the Ayurvedic system of medicine. It is also abundantly grown in other countries such as North Africa and Sri Lanka. The herb literally means the smell of horses as it derives its name from two Sanskrit words Ashwa (Horse), and Gandha (Smell). It is also known as Indian ginseng and winter cherry.
In Ayurveda, ashwagandha enjoys the status of a highly revered herb that is used as a tonic to rejuvenate and revitalize the body and mind. It has been traditionally used in conditions such as arthritis, fatigue, anxiety, irregular sleep, asthma and low energy. This ancient herb works as an adaptogen and contains biologically active substances with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and anti-stress properties. Some of these compounds include withanolides (withaferin-A and withanone), alkaloids, steroidal lactones, glycosides and saponins.
Health Benefits in a Nutshell
- Eases stress and anxiety
- Lowers cortisol levels
- Helps in insomnia
- Maintains blood sugar levels
- Improves heart health
- Revitalizes and rejuvenates
- Improves energy levels
- Helps build muscle
- Improves memory and attention
Health Benefits of Ashwagandha
1. Adaptogenic properties
As an adaptogen, Ashwagandha helps your body to manage stress better and to rejuvenate in tough, stressful times. Adaptogen are a rare class of herbs that help the body adapt to stress, and restores balance (homeostasis) in the body. Aptly known as ‘Biological Response Modifiers’, these herbs are known for their ability to improve your body's response and resistance to stress. This class of herbs work by regulating your hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and sympathoadrenal system (SAS) - your body's stress-response centre. Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine systems have been using adaptogenic herbs for centuries for energy, stamina and fatigue.
2. Relieves stress and anxiety
Ashwagandha is widely known for its ability to calm the nervous system, thereby reducing stress, anxiety and associated symptoms such as fatigue and exhaustion. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study showed ashwagandha may help reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Ashwagandha also reduces cortisol levels.  When your body is under an immense amount of stress, it produces excess amounts of the stress hormone cortisol. Low blood sugar levels also trigger the body to release cortisol. Chronic stress can disrupt our lives by causing symptoms such as extreme fatigue, low energy levels, anxiety, insomnia, depression and body pain. It also makes us vulnerable to developing health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, autoimmune disorders and high blood sugar levels. Taking ashwagandha supplements can help manage your stress levels and reduce the risk of health problems that are induced by stress.
3. Helps in insomnia
Ashwagandha may help improve sleep quality and reduce anxiety in patients with insomnia. Initial studies investigating the benefits of ashwagandha in insomnia show that the herb may help people sleep better, improve their sleep duration and reduce the time it takes them to fall asleep. Researchers say that biologically active compounds found in ashwagandha may be responsible for its sleep promoting benefits. In addition, ashwagandha relieves stress and relaxes the mind, an important factor is getting good sleep.
4. Lowers blood sugar levels
Some human studies show that ashwagandha root powder can reduce blood glucose levels. While more research is still required, research suggests that ashwagandha improves insulin sensitivity and insulin production. A study found the effects of this ancient herb are similar to those produced by medications prescribed for type 2 diabetes. [2-3]
5. May be helpful in arthritis
Withaferin A, one of the many biologically active substances present in ashwgandha, has been found to reduce inflammation and pain. This makes ashwagandha beneficial for people with arthritis.
6. Supports brain health
Ashwagandha is good for brain health and improves cognitive functions such as memory, attention and concentration. Research suggests that it has neuroprotective properties. It reduces oxidative damage in the brain and prevents degeneration of neurons.
Other health benefits
- Improves memory and focus
- May improve fertility in men
- Rich in iron, improves haemoglobin levels
- Supports reproductive health in women
- Improves sexual wellness
- Balances hormones
Ashwagandha is considered safe for most people and is not associated with any major side effects. In some people, it may cause upset stomach or mild gastrointestinal irritation if taken on empty stomach. Take recommend dosage or as directed by your healthcare professional.
- Not recommended for breastfeeding and pregnant women, and women who are trying to conceive.
- People taking medication for diabetes and high blood pressure should consult their healthcare professional before taking ashwagandha supplements.
- People with pre-existing medical conditions such as thyroid disorders, stomach ulcers and autoimmune disorders should avoid ashwagandha.
- Large doses can cause nausea, diarrhea and upset stomach. Do not exceed recommended dosage.
- Lopresti et al. An investigation into the stress-relieving and pharmacological actions of an ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) extract: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Medicine: September 2019 - Volume 98 - Issue 37
- Agnihotri et al. Effects of Withania somnifera in patients of schizophrenia: a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled pilot trial study. Indian J Pharmacol. 2013.
- Andallu et al. Hypoglycemic, diuretic and hypocholesterolemic effect of winter cherry (Withania somnifera, Dunal) root. Indian J Exp Biol. 2000.