Ashwagandha has been renowned for centuries for its potential ability to soothe stress and regulate fertility, but has recently gained popularity for it’s adaptogenic superpowers.
Before you can dive into an Ashwagandha dosing regimen, you need to decide–when is the best time to take Ashwagandha each day?
The truth is that it varies for everyone depending on how you intend to use Ashwagandha and other lifestyle and wellness factors. Here’s what you need to know to decide for yourself:Table of Contents
Ashwagandha may provide a wide range of benefits, from combating stress to improving sleep, but researchers are still evaluating the true limits of its therapeutic potential. For now, we have research that confirms that it may work similarly to to lorazepam, a popular anti-anxiety medication, for soothing stressors.
Other studies suggest that it’s because of the way that ashwagandha can interact with GABA receptors, neuroreceptors that play a key role in regulating sleep-wake cycles. One small study even claims that ashwagandha supplementation may improve reaction time and cognitive function. Ashwagandha’s anti-inflammatory effects, beneficial impact on heart health, and potential anticancer properties have also been studied with some degree of success.
The benefits you hope to reap from your Ashwagandha dosage will impact the time of day or frequency at which you should take it. Read “Ashwagandha Benefits” to learn more about the reasons you may choose to supplement with Ashwagandha.
Because ashwagandha has such a wide range of benefits, there are plenty of variations of when you may want to incorporate it into your daily wellness routine. This is a decision you need to make based on your own unique health and lifestyle factors, and some of the factors that may impact your decision include:
Although there is some leniency in when you should take Ashwagandha, here are some of the most common reasons and times it is used:
If you intend to use Ashwagandha to help you sleep at night, take your dose about 30-60 minutes before bed.
Some sources suggest that Ashwagandha may have calming effects that benefit consumers with anxiety. If you intend to take Ashwagandha for anxiety, you may try taking it in multiple doses spaced evenly throughout the day. Take your total daily dosage and split it evenly into two or three doses. Then, incorporate these doses at mealtimes or evenly spaced throughout the day.
Although some people claim that they can tell immediately when they miss their Ashwagandha dose, you shouldn't expect the effects of Ashwagandha to kick in immediately. Ashwagandha works systemically by helping to balance crucial body functions, so it may take around 2 weeks to notice the effects. Some people experience increasing benefits over the first one to two months after starting their Ashwagandha dosage routine.
On average, people take between 1 and 6 grams of the whole ground herb daily. That’s between 1,000 and 6,000 milligrams of whole Ashwagandha root powder. This is a large dosing threshold, so it's important to understand the dosage range for the specific ailments you hope to treat. Read "Ashwagandha Dosage" to learn more.
Whatever the case, we recommend you start with small doses and increase slowly as needed, allowing several days to evaluate the effects before changing your dosing routine. Ashwagandha powder makes it easy to adjust your dosage. Talk to your doctor for help adjusting your wellness routine.
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