Organic Ashwagandha Powder

Ashwagandha, is an Ayurvedic super-herb considered Indian ‘Ginseng’ due to its similarly adaptogenic qualities. Traditionally used for mental and physical performance. Studies* support these claims also suggesting that Ashwagandha may have anti-depressant, anti-stress, anti-hypertension and anti-inflammatory effects.

Our calming, uplifting, performing friend.

100g / approx. 100 serves / $0.16 per serve

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  • Adaptogen; helping the body adapt to stress, allowing for an increased tolerance to mental exhaustion, enhancing attention and mental endurance.
    Immunomodulator; strengthening, balancing, supporting and regulating the immune system, optimising immune response.

    Ashwagandha is one of the pillars of Traditional Ayurvedic medicine and it is classified as a premier Rasayana — ‘rasayana’ meaning; ‘path’ (āyana) of ‘essence' (rasa) — which means something to promote health and longevity / holistic well-being. Most Ayurvedic Rasayanas are usually classified as adaptogens. Ayurveda suggests that Ashwagandha may improve the function of the lungs, kidneys, heart, thyroid and nerves, it has also commonly been used to improve libido in men and metabolism in women, as a brain tonic (known as a Medhya Rasayana — nootropic), to support the immune system and rejuvenate, as well as aid the function of tissues supporting growth, strength and balance, reducing inflammation.
    In addition to Ashwagandha, it is also has many other names; referred to as Winter Cherry or Poison Gooseberry due to producing bright red poisonous berries, and as mentioned above it is also known as 'Indian Ginseng', because its actions have similar effects as other Ginsengs, and science simply knows it as Withania somnifera.

    Scientific research has discovered that the adpatogenic qualities of Ashwagandha could be due to the combination of Withanferin-A and sitoindosides VII-X compounds, plus a number of other bioactive compounds that aid Ashwagandha's reported ability to act as an immunomodulator. These pharmacological actions appear to be linked in some way to; the anti-oxidants (Phenolic acids / Flavonoids), the anti-inflammatory actions of other bioactive compounds and the withanolides — a group of steroidal lactones, unique to Ashwagandha — that are present in the root.
    Studies also support traditional claims, reporting Ashwagandha may; help with cognitive and memory enhancement, be an anti-inflammatory, relieve stress, support quality sleep and help the immune system.
    More research can be found under the Science tab.

    Functions / systems within the body this product helps to balance


    Feelings we notice by supporting the 'functions'

     

    Nutritional Panel

    Serving Size: 1-5g per Serve (1/4 - 1tsp)
    Ingredients: Organic Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

    Per Serve (1g) Per 100g
    Energy (kJ) 12.26kJ  1226.2kJ 
    Calories (kcal) 2.89 kcal 288 kcal
    Protien 0.03g 2.63g
    Total Carbohydrates 0.70g 69.50g
    - Sugars 0.03g 3.00g
    - Fibre 0.15g 15.10g
    Total Fat less than 1g less than 1g
    - Saturated less than 1g less than 1g
    Sodium 0.04mg 4.00mg

    Active Ingredients

    Phyto-androgens (somnine, somniferine, anferine), Key Withanolides (Withaferin A, Withaferin D plus Other Withanolides (there are 300 in this group compounds)), Alkaloids (withanine, withasomnin), Phenolic acids (anti-oxidant), and Flavonoids (anti-oxidant).

    Cautions

    We recommend you consult your doctor prior to adding this into your diet due to interactions under certain circumstances; such as with anti-depressants, sedatives, immunosuppressants and thyroid medications/drugs.
    Although, traditionally Ashwagandha has been used during pregnancy, we recommend ensuring that it is right for individual circumstances.
    Within Ayurveda, caution should be taken in instances of excess; Ama (toxins) and Pitta constitution.
  • As with many things internet based, a lot of information is copied and pasted, has a dash of creative license, a sprinkling of Chinese whispers and boom you have a new superfood or a superherb. When we select our products we look for the most effective and the very best quality. So we research, then research some more, and provide all of that research here, so that you can make up your own mind.

    Immune Support

    
Science has suggested that a bio-active compound found in Ashwagandha — Withaferin — could potentially have the ability to reduce the growth of cancer stem cells in ovarian cancer and may also be beneficial as an adjunct treatment to radiotherapy or chemotherapy. (2,11,12)
    Other studies have suggested that the Immunomodulatory effects of Ashwagandha could be useful in potentially managing the immune system and possibly the growth of tumour cells. (9)


    ANTI-INFLAMMATORY / Anti-oxidant — CIRCULATORY, SKELETAL and ORGANS

    
Chronic inflammation is rampant in the 21st century, as too is the correlated fatigue and disease. We have regulators of inflammation called cytokines, there are both ‘pro’ and ‘anti’ inflammatory kinds. Studies are suggesting that Pro-Inflammatory cytokines + immunoregulatory cytokines, that cause inflammation of the kidney and hyperglycemia, were reduced with the addition of Ashwagandha into the diet for a period of 4 weeks. Also suggesting that people suffering from diabetes, may benefit from consuming Ashwagandha as it may help reduce any diabetic related kidney complications. (1)
    
It has also been suggested that consuming Ashwagandha could potentially act as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant which may reduce the severity of arthritis. (17)
    
These anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects may be due to Ashwagandha being rich in phenolic acids and flavonoids. (18)

    ANTI-OXIDANT

    
Anti-oxidants play an important role when preventing the body from oxidising and thus put under more stress, potentially leading to health concerns and ageing. Ashwagandha has been shown to contain high levels of the anti-oxidants (phenolic acids and flavonoids) and research suggests that Ashwagandha has the potential to increase the levels of three natural antioxidants; superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase. (3,10,12,18)

    CIRCULATORY and ANTI-OXIDANTS (HYPERTENSION)

    
Ashwagandha has been shown to potentially reduce the effects of pulmonary hypertension by reducing the blood pressure, inflammation and oxidative stress, and aiding the proper function of the lining of the blood vessels. (3)
    The anti-oxidants (phenolic acids and flavonoids) in Ashwagandha have been suggested to be responsible for the potential benefits to blood pressure and hypertension. (20)

    Nootropic (ANTI-DEPRESSANT / ANTI-STRESS / SLEEP AID)

    
Studies have shown that Ashwagandha has the potential to support homeostasis when the body is under stress due to its adaptogenic actions. (5)
    When under stress we are more susceptible to depression as the body is working harder to deal with the stressors (inflammatory, immune etc.) making you feel less energised, fatigued, anxious and generally not great. Once fatigued you are then less functional mentally and physically, potentially leading to depression and anxiety. Studies suggest that Ashwagandha may help stabilise clinical conditions of depression and anxiety when taken over 5 days, similar to that of the drug benzodiazepine lorazepam — supporting Ayurvedic use as a brain tonic. (13)
    Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is made naturally in the brain, and acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter — meaning that it blocks nerve impulses — in the Central Nervous System (CNS). We can take exogenous GABA supplements, but science has suggested that it may not yet determined if there can actually get past the bloody brain barrier (which protects the brain against harmful substances). (14)
    Recent studies suggest that Ashwagandha may enhance cognitive function by aiding neurotransmission by mimicking the GABAergic system. These potential cognitive and memory enhancements have been suggested to be due to the withaferin-A and sitoindosides found in Ashwagandha. (6,12)

    
Disturbed sleep and insomnia is a common complaint due to our busy sometimes stressful lifestyles, the importance of proper sleep has been studied significantly, suggesting that when we are deprived of the sleep we need it may impacts our cognitive and physical performance. GABAs action in the body has been studied and shown to potentially promote sleep and also consolidate the various stages of sleep. (15,16)
    Because recent studies suggest that Ashwagandha may mimic the GABAergic system by modulating and/or binding to the GABA receptor it has also been suggested that Ashwagandha may have sleep inducing capacities by reducing the time it takes to fall asleep and increasing the length of REM sleep. These potential effects have been suggested to be due to the withaferin-A and sitoindosides found in Ashwagandha. (6,7,8)

    PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE (strength / growth

    
Many studies have been performed on the adaptogenic capacity of Ashwagandha, and they suggest that due to these anti-stress actions it may aid physical endurance. (5,11)
    
Studies suggest that Ashwagandha may improve VO2 Max and muscular strength of the lower body, making it a potentially good addition to individuals seeking increased performance and strength. (21)
     

  • FARMING

    Our Ashwagandha is organically and sustainably grown in India using 100% renewable energy. The roots are harvested, separated from the leaves, they are then inspected, washed, sorted and immediately sent for processing.



    PROCESSING

    The washed roots are then cut into smaller pieces and dehydrated below 40C. The dehydrated roots are then moved to be cool ground to become powder. Then packaged for transport. Once complete the powder is bulk packaged ready to send to The Grove HQ.


    IMPORTING

    The product is then put on a ship and sails to Australia and arrives at The Grove HQ approximately 4 weeks later.


    PACKING

    Once it arrives at The Grove HQ we carry out quality control (QC) checks and repackage it ready for you.






    PRODUCT OF INDIA.
    PACKAGED IN AUSTRALIA WITH LOVE.
     

    The Life of Ashwagandha

    
Ashwagandha is a perennial shrub and grows to between 35-75cm tall. It thrives in sandy, loamy soils in the drier parts of India and Sri Lanka.
    Ashwagandha is imported as it is not currently being grown in Australia due to growing conditions and yield, we are however looking at how we can make this possible.
  • traditional uses

    Increases Sexual potency (Visaya)
    Increases Strength (Balya)
    Promotes intellect (Medhya)
    Increases Ojas (Ojas Vardhana)
    Promotes Sleep (Nidrajanana)
    Increases Sperm (Sukrala)
    Prevents Constipation (Sothahara)
    Rejuvinate (Rasayana)
    Reduces Kapha and Vata (Vatakaphahara)
    Reduces Pain (Vedanasthapana)
    Benefits Breathing (Svasa)
     

    History

    Ashwagandha is one of the pillars of Ayurvedic medicine — the ancient Hindu system of medicine — it is classified as a premier rasayana, ‘rasayana’ meaning; ‘path’ (āyana) of ‘essence' (rasa) / something that promotes health and longevity, rasaynans group fruits, spices and herbs, that are said to promote this holistic wellbeing.
    
Most rasayanas are usually classified as adaptogens and have been used for centuries.
  • Getting in the Kitchen

    Mix with water, juice, yogurt, add to a smoothie, or infuse into a tea as a substitute for coffee. Some add it to honey and then to tea, or to make lozenges / sweets / raw food treats / baked goods etc.
    Traditional preparations include blending it with milk (one of our favourites before bed to aid sleep) / ghee / other herbs for specific preparations — contact your Ayurveda health care practitioner for more information.

    Recipes in the Blog


    Add 1/2tsp to Cacao Chia Pudding

    Add 1tbsp to baked recipes

    or add 1/2tsp to your favorite milk
     

    Care

    We have packaged your product in cost effective black bags, which protect the products from damaging UV rays which degrade your product. We have also inserted a silica-based desiccant pack to absorb any unwanted moisture and keep your products safer and help them last longer.
    To ensure your product status fresh we recommend storing it in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight, this will also ensure that it is not exposed to additional heat and moisture.

    Cautions

    We recommend you consult your doctor prior to adding this into your diet due to interactions under certain circumstances; such as with anti-depressants, sedatives, immunosuppressants and thyroid medications/drugs.
    Although, traditionally Ashwagandha has been used during pregnancy, we recommend ensuring that it is right for individual circumstances.
    Within Ayurveda, caution should be taken in instances of excess; Ama (toxins) and Pitta constitution.

THIS PRODUCT IS NOT A MIRACLE DRUG. THE GROVE PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO TREAT, DIAGNOSE, CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.
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Ayurveda

The Grove's products and philosophies are very much aligned with the practices of Ayurveda, who's principles have roots embedded in 1000's of years of tradition. Ayurveda looks to treat the person, ensuring that all aspects of the physical, spiritual and environmental are considered when seeking Optimum Health for an individual. These Ancient methods integrate Ayurveda (nutrition), Yoga (physical) and Tantra (spiritual) to create a balanced peaceful life.



YOGA IS NOT ABOUT TOUCHING YOUR TOES. IT'S ABOUT WHAT YOU LEARN ON THE WAY DOWN.

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