Taking Ashwagandha: Best Time, Forms, and Other Considerations

Taking Ashwagandha: Best Time, Forms, and Other Considerations

If you're considering incorporating ashwagandha into your routine, understanding the best way to take it is crucial for maximizing its effects. This guide explores the various forms of ashwagandha and provides insights into the optimal methods of consumption.

Keep reading to find out how to take ashwagandha

1. Choosing the Right Form

Ashwagandha is available in different forms, including capsules, powder, and tinctures. Selecting the right form depends on personal preferences and health goals. Capsules offer convenience, while powders allow for flexibility in dosages.1

2. Do I take ashwagandha in the morning or night?

Timing matters when it comes to supplementing with ashwagandha. Many find it beneficial to take it with meals to enhance absorption. Also, taking ashwagandha on an empty stomach may lead to slight abdominal discomfort for some people, so the general suggestion is to take it with food.

However, if you're using it for sleep support, taking it before bedtime may be more suitable.2

3. Taking Ashwagandha

How to Take Ashwagandha with Water

To take it with water, simply mix the recommended dosage of Ashwagandha powder or extract into a glass of water and stir well. 

How to Take Ashwagandha with Milk

Consuming Ashwagandha with milk is a common practice as it may enhance absorption as well as provide additional nutrients.

You can do this by mixing the recommended dosage of ashwagandha powder or extract into a glass of warm or cold milk. Stir well until the powder is fully dissolved. You may add a sweetener like honey to enhance taste.

4. Possible Interactions

Like any other supplement, it’s crucial to be aware of potential interaction, especially if you are on medications. Consult your healthcare provider, particularly if you are taking medications for:

  • thyroid disorders,
  • diabetes,
  • autoimmune conditions.

Ashwagandha could impact their effectiveness. Additionally, individuals on sedative medications, immune-suppressants, or lithium should seek professional advice to ensure a balanced approach.

Pregnant or breastfeeding individuals should exercise caution and seek their healthcare professional’s advice before incorporating ashwagandha into their routine.3

5. Duration of Use

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, ashwagandha can be taken safely in the short term, or for three months. The organization said there’s not enough evidence to conclude long-term safety.3-4

6. Monitoring Effects

Pay attention to how your body responds to ashwagandha. If you experience any adverse effects or if your health goals change, consider adjusting the dosage or consulting with a healthcare professional.

Final Words

The key to optimizing your ashwagandha experience lies in considering various factors. Select the form that suits your lifestyle, start with a personalized dosage (as suggested by your healthcare provider), and be mindful of timing, especially if you’re targeting specific health goals.

By integrating ashwagandha wisely into your routine, you can reap its potential for enhanced well-being.

 

Explore further insights on ashwagandha by delving into our additional articles:

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) - Health Benefits, Dosage, Safety

Finding the Right Dose: How Much Ashwagandha Do I Need?

References:

  1. Morales-Brown, P. (2023, November 29). What are the benefits of ashwagandha? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318407#how-to-use-it.
  2. Cpt, K. D. M. R. (2021, March 31). When is the best time to take ashwagandha? Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ashwagandha-in-the-morning-or-night#timing.
  3. Ashwagandha. (n.d.). NCCIH. https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/ashwagandha#:~:text=There%20is%20evidence%20that%20ashwagandha,)%2C%20and%20thyroid%20hormone%20medications.
  4. Rd, R. J. M., & Landwehr, J. (2023b, October 25). What to know about adding ashwagandha to your supplement routine. Health. https://www.health.com/take-ashwagandha-every-day-7565218.
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