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Ashwagandha Side Effects

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What are the side effects of ashwagandha supplements?

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Although ashwagandha supplements (typically taken for anxiety or stress) are generally well-tolerated when taken short-term (weeks to a few months) in typical dosages, mild to moderate side effects such as headache, sleepiness, and stomach upset have been reported in clinical studies. Rarely, allergic reactions and rapid heartbeat have been reported. There are no long-term studies on the safety of ashwagandha supplements.

Be aware, however, that ashwagandha can potentially lower blood pressure and blood sugar, and increase thyroid hormone levels as discussed in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Ashwagandha Supplements Review. The Review includes ConsumerLab's tests and reviews of popular ashwagandha supplements, its Top Pick, and the evidence regarding ashwagandha for anxiety, physical and cognitive performance, and other uses.

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COMMENTS

Diana 17189   September 21, 2018
I have no financial interest in the product noted, but I can say when I take Ashwaganda I feel great and have better outlook on life! I have social anxiety and it helps me cope somehow someway. I have never taken it long term, but have been taking it for the last month and a half (250 mg - at night to help with sleep). I am not certain it makes a huge difference with sleep as I take Trazadone, but I can say I wake up pretty refreshed and feeling great! I also have hypothyroid and take 1 grain Naturethroid. My levels are always on the lower side, but my ND tells me they are good. It could help me in that area too, but everything is trial and error and how you feel so for now I like it and will keep taking it!

Linda17159   September 10, 2018
I discontinued my dessicated thyroid pills on my own and have used Ashwagandha tincture so I can control the amount I take to assist my thyroid. I use it once daily for 3-4 weeks at a time then stop for a few weeks before restarting. My thyroid levels are in the "normal" range but on the edge. I take the tincture with water as directed about 5 hours before bed. If you have had problems, I support not using it again because herbs, etc. can be very powerful and have unwanted side effects depending on the individual. Based on my own experience, I will no longer try any herb in capsule form. I have no financial interest in this supplement.

Stephanie17100   August 24, 2018
Each of the three times I took a supplement that had ashwaghanda in it, I thought that I was having a heart attack. Heartbeat was so rapid.

I have no financial interest in this supplement.


Connie17142   September 4, 2018
What other ingredients were in these supplements? That could make a big difference.

wayne 17096   August 22, 2018
Don't know how common it is but I get a violent reaction to ashwaganda, vomiting and diarrhea, generally feeling like I'm at death's door for a few hours. Needless to say I avoid it like the plague.


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