MegaFood | Feb. 2020
Ashwagandha is an ancient herb that is starting to get the modern recognition it deserves. There is no question that in today’s modern world, we’re inclined to feel stressed more than ever, and it is in this role - supporting our healthy stress response* - that ashwagandha shines.
Ashwagandha is a small shrub that is native to India, North Africa, and the Middle East. It’s been used in India for more than 4,000 years where it has played a central role in Ayurvedic and other traditional medicines. It is primarily used as an adaptogen, which is an herb that helps support the body's ability to resist the effects of everyday stress and promote normal physiological functioning (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).*
Ashwagandha is thought to work by helping lower cortisol levels, which become elevated during times of on-going stress. Long-term, elevated cortisol can lead to additional health concerns aside from the frustrating symptoms of high-stress - kind of a lose-lose.*
Ashwagandha is also thought to promote a sense of relaxation and calm, making it a perfect go-to in times of tension.*
The evidence for ashwagandha is apparent, but not all ashwagandha is created equal. That is why, for years, we’ve relied on a patented extract of ashwagandha, called Sensoril®, to offer stress-support in a range of MegaFood supplements, including several favorites such as Adrenal Strength®, Stress Protect*, and Herbal Sleep.
Sensoril® Ashwagandha extract uses both the roots and leaves of the ashwagandha plant, as compared to most sources available, which use only the roots. Because of the unique root-and-leaf composition, Sensoril® contains the highest level of bioactive compounds - withanolides - available. This means more concentrated plant-goodness than the whole root alone. What’s more, Sensoril is also backed by eleven clinical studies (both in the United States and internationallyFootnote 1).
One such study of Sensoril®, in fact, was able to demonstrate a decrease in overall everyday stress by 62.2% compared to placebo using the validated modified Hamilton anxiety scale for stress.*Footnote 1 Additionally, two separate studies confirmed Sensoril® significantly reduced cortisol when compared to placebo!*Footnote 1
All of this sounds great, but quality comes first. Lucky for us, Sensoril® is Non-GMO Project Verified, organic, vegan, and kosher. It is extracted in a water-based solution, so there are no harsh added chemicals to worry about, either.
What does this mean for you? You get the amazing support of the time-tested ashwagandha plant, backed by science, all with the same MegaFood attention (obsession) to quality that you’ve come to expect. So next time you’re feeling wired and tired, consider reaching for a formula containing Sensoril® Ashwagandha, and feel that stress melt away.*
Interested in what other supplements MegaFood has to help with a healthy stress response? Shop our sleep & stress products.
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1 Sensoril® Holistic Ashwagandha: Harnessing the Power of Leaf & Root to Optimize Health Benefits White Paper, Natreon, Inc., October 2018