You don’t know it yet, but Ashwagandha should be your new best friend. Do you want help managing your weight or spicing up your love life?? (We’ll answer for you: of course!) Ashwagandha is a truly magical herb, especially for women. It is traditionally used to reduce stress and improve energy, stamina, libido, and immunity.
What Does Ashwagandha Mean?
In Sanskrit, “Ashwagandha” means “smell of the horse,” which is a reference to two things: the herb’s scent and its ability to improve strength. Its botanical name is “Withania somnifera,” and it is also sometimes referred to as “winter cherry” and “Indian ginseng.” (Yes, this will be on a quiz at the end so take notes.)
What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that grows in Asia and Africa. Commonly called “Indian ginseng,” Ashwagandha has been used as a treatment in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to boost energy, relieve stress, and improve concentration. Ayurvedic medicine is a healthy-lifestyle system that focuses on good health and prevention and treatment of illness through herbal medicine and lifestyle practices. The leaves, seeds, fruit, and root of Ashwagandha are all used for different purposes.
Ashwagandha might help with several conditions, including:
- Mildly impaired memory
You might have heard of Ashwagandha recently, as the herb has grown in popularity as more and more people look for a way to manage the stressors of our modern world and improve their overall health. Ashwagandha is also widely known as a potent adaptogen.
Wait, an adapto-what? We are glad you asked:
Ashwagandha is an Amazing Adaptogen
If you’ve never heard of an adaptogen before, you’re going to thank us after you read this. There have never been more reasons to be stressed. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic ingredient, which means that it helps us “adapt” to and manage all the stressors in our life.
Some other adaptogens we love are rhodiola rosea, chlorella, lion’s mane mushroom, and maca root. Adaptogens work best to help relieve our everyday stressors when you combine them with healthy eating and regular physical activity. Adaptogens also work best when you take them on a regular basis - for example, in your daily glass of Bonny!
Ashwagandha Benefits for Women
Ashwagandha has a ton of benefits for women’s health, including anti-aging, helping with weight management, helping you achieve climax (yes orgasm), and more. Read up on all the ways Ashwagandha can help you:
Ashwagandha Has Anti-Aging Properties
Enemy #1 for aging is stress. High levels of cortisol are directly linked to stress, disease, and aging. Cortisol wrinkles your skin and is damaging to the brain. (Yikes.) Ashwagandha can assist with lowering the production of cortisol.
Ashwagandha Reduces Stress-Driven Weight Fluctuations
If you have gained weight due to stress, (thanks pandemic), Ashwagandha might be able to help. Ashwagandha helps reduce the psychological and physiological markers of stress, serum cortisol levels, and food cravings, which in turn helps improve your eating habits and helps you manage your weight.
Ashwagandha Helps You Orgasm
Ashwagandha is rumored to be a sexual stimulant. It helps you relax, puts you in a good mood, and increase blood flow, which helps improve your sexual potency. A study published in the Natural Medicine Journal found that women had better orgasms when taking ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha Solves All Your Hair Problems
Postpartum hair loss? Dry scalp? Dandruff? Ashwagandha can help with hair problems. Stress is (surprise!) one of the main reasons behind hair loss. So, regular consumption of Ashwagandha can help alleviate your stress and keep your hair looking its best. (P.S. Shampoos and hair oils with Ashwagandha are a great way to treat dry scalp and dandruff!)
Ashwagandha Helps Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
Did you know that women are more prone to diabetes due to their physiological structure? Hormonal imbalances due to menstrual cycles and pregnancy, among other things, can cause diabetes in women. Ashwagandha can help reduce sugar cravings and control your blood sugar levels. Fun fact: fiber can help with both as well.
Ashwagandha Helps with Symptoms of PMS and Menopause
The symptoms of PMS and menopause are directly related to a deficiency of progesterone, which is a hormone released by the ovaries. A progesterone deficiency leads directly to hot flashes, mood swings, headaches, bloating, cramps, and bleeding issues in women. Ashwagandha helps the endocrine system improve the production of progesterone, which helps alleviate these issues. (Fiber is also extremely beneficial for women going through menopause!)
Ashwagandha Uses and Benefits
There are several reasons you might want to incorporate Ashwagandha (by way of Bonny) into your routine:
Ashwagandha Improves Your Sex Life
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Ashwagandha is a powerful aphrodisiac for women that can help improve your sex life. The Kama Sutra even recommends using Ashwagandha to improve libido and increase sexual satisfaction and fertility. And this is backed up by scientific evidence: one research study showed that women who consumed supplements with ashwagandha had significant improvements in arousal, lubrication, orgasm, and overall sexual satisfaction compared to those women who did not.
Ashwagandha Boosts Your Overall Health
All of these combined benefits mean only one thing: Ashwagandha is a wonderful addition to your favorite fiber supplement (Bonny, of course) because it can help boost your overall health.
Ashwagandha Promotes Fertility Health
Aging, disease, and stress can greatly reduce the production of your fertility hormone, progesterone, which can cause fertility issues in women. Ashwagandha lowers cortisol and directly boosts progesterone production, which boosts your fertility. (Ahem: Ashwagandha also has some benefits for men, including boosted testosterone and fertility. Bonny with Ashwagandha is for everyone!)
Ashwagandha is Now in Bonny!
Before you rush out and buy an ashwagandha supplement, first try Bonny in our new and improved Strawberry Serenity flavor. Ashwagandha is in our Strawberry Serenity flavor to bring you some much-needed stress relief.
There is some discussion around pregnant and breast-feeding women and if ashwagandha is something to avoid. We always recommend speaking to your doctor who knows your medical history if there are any concerns.
All About Bonny
Bonny is your new favorite fiber supplement. It’s an all-nautral, plant-based, fruit-flavored fiber supplement that doesn’t taste like fiber. That’s right: we finally made fiber drinkable! There are tons of reasons why you need more fiber in your life: it helps you get through your toilet time much more easily, helps you feel fuller longer, reduces bloating, enhances your immunity, and overall just helps you look and feel fabulous.
Bonny is fancy fiber for your gut. Our fiber is just better... better for you, better-looking, and better for the environment. Bonny now comes in four fabulous flavors, including Amplified Apple Pie, Berry Beauty, Matcha Magic, and, as we mentioned, Strawberry Serenity.
As always, wishing you pleasant poops!