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In this episode, we delve into the world of adaptogens and take a closer look at ashwagandha, an evergreen shrub that’s making waves for its supposed health benefits. We explore the results of various studies on its effects on anxiety, stress, sleep, and body composition, and discuss its potential mechanisms of action. We also discuss its popularity in the supplement market and the challenges in ensuring the quality and efficacy of supplements.

Topics Include

• The potential mechanisms of action of ashwagandha
• The results of studies on ashwagandha’s effects on anxiety and stress
• How ashwagandha may impact sleep
• Its potential effects on body composition and performance
•  The challenges and considerations when using ashwagandha as a supplement

Referenced Articles
Akhgarjand et al., 2022. Systemic review and meta-analysis of Ashwagandha on anxiety and stress.
Hardin et al., 2023. Heavy metal contamination in Ayurvedic supplements.
Mikulski et al., 2017. Heavy metal contamination in Ayurvedic medications.
Speers et al., 2021. Ashwagandha and the stress related neuropsychiatric disorders (anxiety, depression, and insomnia). 

Referenced Podcasts
On the Mediterranean Diet
On Diet & Sleep
On Sleep Supplements
On Debunking Supplement Myths

 

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