As with any other product that you will find on the market, there are potential side effects and negatives associated with even herbs. Ashwagandha is no different, but in some cases it is one of the least problematic that you are going to find. There are few negative side effects of ashwagandha and, if you did a search right now, you’d probably find very few links online regarding the negative side effects.
What most people do not realize is that the most negative aspects of this root are caused by humans rather than the root itself. As is usual, we have taken a great tool and made it into a potentially dangerous one. In this article, we will outline the things to keep in mind so that you are safe and prevent any of the side effects that we discuss.
What are Negative Side Effects of Ashwagandha?
For most of human history, our ancestors in India have been using ashwagandha without and problems. They took the herb in order to reduce stress, prevent anxiety, and improve general feelings of fatigue. Today, we have made things a bit more difficult because we have decided to add ashwagandha root extracts and we have decided to process the product in such a way that is dangerous for human consumption.
The first issue, having a high dose extract, is only really a problem for people who do not pay attention to dosage. The ashwagandha itself does not have that many issues with toxicity, but the active ingredient (called Withaferin A) can cause toxicity when it is provided at too high of a concentrated dose. This can be an issue when taking the root extract.
Try to make sure you stick to the following recommendations when it comes to dosing your ashwagandha:
- 6000 mg dosage maximum
- 3 x 2000 mg dosages per day is best
- Take your ashwagandha with food (ideally breakfast)
If you start to take too much more than that, you might start to run into gastrointestinal problems and other disorders that you do not want to deal with. Stomach pain, vomiting, nausea, are all uncomfortable and not necessary if you just start off with the recommended dosage and be careful from there.
Ashwagandha and Thyroid Interactions
Ashwagandha is used in many supplements as a natural way to support thyroid health, however it should not be used by individuals with a thyroid disorder as it can increase thyroid hormones and disrupt thyroid medications. Anyone with thyroid issues should talk to their doctor about using ashwagandha.
Heavy Metals and Negative Side Effects
Ashwagandha itself does not contain any heavy metals, but studies of Ayurvedic herbs a few decades ago showed that Indian-made products were often filled with heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and mercury. We use KSM-66® Ashwagandha in our powder and capsule products to reduce the likelihood of these harmful contaminates. You can get some in our shop.