There are many superfoods that we include in our own diets that dogs can benefit from too, and Ashwagandha is one of them!
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb which means that it can help the body to find balance, and is often used to cope with stress. Adaptogens create balance by targeting different systems depending on the specific adaptogen. Ashwagandha supports the endocrine system by promoting healthy adrenal gland functions, which controls your dog’s stress hormones. Studies have shown it to be effective in lowering cortisol levels, a common stress hormone. The great thing about adaptogens is that they achieve a calmer dog without suppressing anything, but rather bringing stress hormones back to a normal balance.
One of the most popular reasons for adding Ashwagandha to your dog’s diet is for its calming properties, especially if your dog tends to be anxious or suffers from separation anxiety. However, that’s not all that this powerful herb can do! It is also known to boost your pup’s immune system, which we know plays a huge part in their overall health.
Ashwagandha is also a natural anti-inflammatory, which is helpful for pain relief. Studies have shown a benefit to cardiovascular (heart) health, and even a resistance to the growth of cancer cells! It has been used for many years to support skin health and even normalize blood pressure. Part of the reason this powerful herb has so many varied benefits is because it contains:
- beta-carotene (which the body converts to Vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient)
- Vitamin C (an important antioxidant)
- Iron (an essential mineral)
- Calcium (great for bone and dental health)
- Flavonoids (antioxidant with good anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits)
- And other essential minerals and antioxidants
The name Ashwagandha is Sanskrit for “smell of the horse.” It got this name due to the unique smell that the roots of this plant have, and because it is known for giving people the strength of a horse.
If you’re excited to start incorporating Ashwagandha into your dog’s diet, check out our duck calming aid!
Although Ashwagandha has very few side effects, high dosages can sometimes cause diarrhea or other stomach upset. Adaptogens can also be more potent when combined together or with other anti-anxiety medications or supplements. Always speak to your vet before starting your dog on a new supplement.
Stay healthy, stay happy, stay curious #healthygang!
Lots of love,
-The healthybud team