Ingredient Profile: How Does Ashwagandha Support Hair Growth?

May 4, 2021 | Written by Jacinta Sherris

Ashwagandha is one of the oldest, and most widely used medicinal herbs. It’s an incredibly important component of Ayurvedic medicine, an Indian holistic medical system that’s over 3,000 years old. It’s also one of our favorite ingredients.

At Collective Laboratories, we’ve incorporated Ashwagandha into all of our hair growth products, including our Detoxifying Shampoo, Fortifying Conditioner, Activating Serum, and most recently – the Revitalizing Supplement and Revitalizing + Supplement.

At first glance, Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, or winter cherry, might seem like any old evergreen shrub. The orange-red berries found on this plant are charming but aren’t comparable to more beautiful types of flora. But what Ashwagandha lacks in visual impact, it makes up for in powerful healing properties.

So what are the benefits of Ashwagandha? And how does Ashwagandha promote healthy hair growth? We guarantee that after learning about this ancient medicinal herb, you’ll be just as enthusiastic about it as we are.

The Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, which is a non-toxic, natural remedy that supports the body’s ability to manage stress. It has numerous benefits that also go beyond its famous calming properties. Take a look at some of the top, science-backed Ashwagandha benefits.

Stress and Mental Health
Research has shown Ashwagandha works to block stress pathways in the brain, thereby bringing down stress levels and supporting the body’s natural stress response system. It’s also been favorably linked to lower anxiety levels and promoting calmness.

Mental Clarity
Ashwagandha helps support mental clarity, concentration, and healthy brain function. It’s even been found to be helpful in treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Improved Energy
Ashwagandha supports mitochondria, which are the key structures inside cells that convert energy from food. This in turn helps the body fight fatigue and enhances energy levels.

Anti-Inflammation
Ashwagandha has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation is associated with a number of diseases, and reducing inflammation levels can help improve overall health.

Anti-Arthritic
Ashwagandha helps support muscle, bone, connective tissue, and nerves. Ashwagandha has promising effects when used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis.

Heart Health
There’s research suggesting Ashwagandha’s ability to support cardiorespiratory endurance, which could be key to preventing heart disease.

How Ashwagandha helps promote a healthy scalp and hair growth

Ashwagandha offers numerous health benefits, but its specialty by far is its effect on stress and anxiety.

Stress and anxiety negatively impact almost every system in the body, and this is especially true for hair growth. Stress can cause large clumps of hair to fall out and even stall the hair growth process entirely. Telogen effluvium is a reversible hair loss condition caused by stress.

Stress can also worsen existing hair loss conditions, caused by hormonal changes, the postpartum period, aging, or other illnesses.

Ashwagandha’s renowned ability to facilitate inner calm makes it a key ingredient in maintaining healthy scalp and hair growth. Alongside other vitamins and nutrients, Ashwagandha helps nourish hair from the inside out and encourages a robust growth cycle.

Ready to incorporate Ashwagandha into your hair routine?

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