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Ashwagandha Benefits for Women

Ashwagandha for women

Many people are discovering the many wonderful uses for ashwagandha. But, did you know that specifically, there are many ashwagandha benefits for women?

What is Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera, or winter cherry) is an adaptogenic herb from India with antioxidant properties used in Ayurvedic medicine.

When Should Women Take Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is an ancient medicinal herb that has regained popularity thanks to studies suggesting that it may help reduce chronic stress and anxiety, improve cognitive functioning, support the nervous system, promote the immune system, support heart health, manage blood sugar levels, and support sleep quality. But, some studies show that ashwagandha may have some specific benefits just for women, such as:

  • Possible boost in fertility
  • Increased energy
  • Relief from PMS and menopause symptoms
  • A more regular menstrual cycle
  • Improved mental health
  • Improved memory
  • Increased libido and sexual function
  • Antiaging skin benefits
  • Supports overall health

Is Ashwagandha Good for Female Hormones?

Researchers believe that ashwagandha dietary supplements may have a positive effect on fertility and may ease the side effects from menstruation and menopause. The key is that the supplement helps balance reproductive hormones, including:

  • Serum follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
  • Luteinizing hormone (LH)
  • Gonadotropin hormones
  • Cortisol (stress hormone)

Women who suffer from irregular menstrual cycles due to conditions such as endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) may experience more regular cycles while taking the supplement. It may also help with PMS symptoms such as cramps, fatigue and anxiety.

Does Ashwagandha Have Side Effects for Women?

It is not recommended that you take ashwagandha if you are pregnant, there is a possibility of miscarriage. Other possible side effects include upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, but those are typically noted when taking large doses of the supplement. Ashwagandha may interact with other medications you are taking.

Avoid ashwagandha if you take:

  • Diabetes medication
  • High blood pressure medications
  • Thyroid hormone medications
  • Immunosuppressants
  • Sedatives
  • Anti-seizure medications (anticonvulsants)

When used correctly, the ashwagandha benefits for women’s well-being are exciting. Whether you are trying to reduce stress, boost fertility or ease symptoms associated with menstruation or menopause, this ancient herb may be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Before you start a new supplement, or if you are breastfeeding or pregnant, make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about any possible concerns or interactions.

Questions? Read more about selecting the best ashwagandha supplement.