Benefits of drinking ashwagandha with coffee
Different individuals drink different coffee, based on their tastes, preferences, and expected outcomes. Most people drink coffee to keep their day energized, and focused, get relaxed, and fulfill their caffeine cravings. Apart from regular coffees, there are various other types of coffee that are aimed at numerous health benefits. Usually, these types of coffee are belonged to the herbal/ayurvedic group, with less caffeine content or low caffeine content to provide various health benefits.
Ashwagandha is one such herbal plant, where it is used in coffee instead of regular coffee beans or powder to get benefits. Let’s know more about the benefits of drinking ashwagandha with coffee.
What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb plant (ayurvedic plant) that belongs to a class of adaptogens that are best known for their medicinal properties and various health benefits. It is often used in coffee, tea, and other beverages, and also as a supplement in either the raw form or mixed form to enjoy its benefits.
Ashwagandha herb is also known as Indian Ginseng, which has its scientific name Withnia Somnifera, where its roots are berries that are used for many health benefits. Here are a few of the health benefits offered by Ashwagandha.
- Relieves stress and anxiety
- Lowers blood sugar and fat
- Improved muscle strength
- Improved sexual performance
- Increased testosterone levels in men
- Boosts focus and memory
- Improves overall heart health
What is adaptogen?
Adaptogens are naturally found herbs and sometimes mushrooms too, that are believed to have health benefits. Adaptogenes are known to have positive effects in treating psychological problems. These adaptogens are mostly used to treat stress, anxiety, increasing focus and memory, and other mental issues.
Adaptogens help our body to adjust to physical, chemical, and biological stress. They stimulate our stress-protection hormones and greatly avoid stress hormones keeping us relaxed and focused. There are numerous types of adaptogens and one such type of adaptogen with easy availability and more benefits is the Ashwagandha herb. Tulsi is also said to contain adaptogens.
How do I take ashwagandha and caffeine together?
Taking Ashwagandha with coffee and any other beverage is the best combination. Ashwagandha is usually earthy in taste and doesn’t have any odor, so it’s generally hard to consume it alone. And consuming it with any other beverage makes the taste better and can be beneficial too.
One such best beverage to mix with ashwagandha is coffee. You can mix ashwagandha in your coffee and undoubtedly enjoy its taste and aroma. Here are a few steps you need to follow in order to consume Ashwagandha and coffee together.
1. Take lower doses:
Your body is new to the herb, and there are chances you might be allergic to it, so it is recommended to start with minimal doses.
2. Have a perfect time:
Drinking it just randomly can disturb your regular timetable. Drink it when you feel stressed and want to increase your focus.
3. Make sure it's suitable:
If you are on certain medications it is not recommended to consume ashwagandha, and also it is suitable to consume during pregnancy or breastfeeding, so make sure with your health care professional before adding to your beverage.
How much Ashwagandha in a cup of coffee?
The amount of Ashwagandha in a regular cup of coffee varies from product to product and also as per the user's request. Different brands and manufacturers use different levels of concentration Ashwagandha in cup of coffee. It is still important to remember that, you can consume around 600mg of Ashwagandha per day. You can always the amount of ingredients used in the product by looking at the ingredients or content label or you can directly ask them for the information. In general, in a regular coffee cup of 300ml, 20mg of Ashwagandha is added. Few brands might add 40 - 60 mg of Ashwagandha, while the rest can add in much lower quantities.
Health benefits of caffeine
Here is the list of health benefits offered by Caffeine on regular consumption:
- Long lasting energy
- Improved focus and cognitive function
- Boosted metabolism
- Calmer and enhanced mood
- Increased heart health
Drinking coffee in limited quantities won’t harm you, and there are many benefits to drinking it too. Apart from that regular coffee consumption in the long term has been shown to have certain health complications. While, Ashwagandha with coffee, can yield better results and have no negative effects. However, start consuming it on a lower dosage till your body accepts it, and if you have negative effects, immediately stop using it and consult your health care professional.
What is an adaptogen herb?
The natural herb that is essential in reducing stress levels when consumed in any form in certain quantities is an adaptogen herb.
When to drink Ashwaganda and caffeiene?
You can drink Ashwagandha and caffeine in the morning, to give a head start to the day, and also after long working hours to reduce the stress levels and make your mind calm.
How much ashwagandha per day?
Although Ashwagandha has various health benefits, it is recommended to consume around 600mg per day. Exceeding the limit can have negative effects.
7 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Ashwagandha. By Forbes Health, May 11, 2023.
Adaptogens: What to know. Web MD, June 28, 2021.