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Ashwagandha is an ancient medicinal herb that provides benefits to your body and brain over time. Its botanical name is Withania somnifera. The powder extracted from its roots and leaves supplies healing benefits such as reducing stress and cortisol levels. And within the powder, there should be a high concentration of withanolides—the active ingredient that gives ashwagandha its ability to help the body with mental and physical stress.
If you’re looking for an ashwagandha supplement, make an effort to buy from a company that’s transparent about its ingredients and sells directly to the customer, as opposed to through a third party. Also make sure that the ashwagandha supplements you’re considering list the percentage content of withanolides—essentially the active ingredient—in their ashwagandha.