Side Effects of Ashwagandha

Side Effects of Ashwagandha
Side Effects of Ashwagandha
  1. 1,000 milligrams (mg) to 6,000 mg of root powder
  2. 500 mg to 1500 mg of root extract

1. Nausea, stomach upset, diarrhea

2. Drowsiness

Who Should not Take Ashwagandha

  1. You are pregnant: “Ashwagandha is generally regarded as unsafe in pregnancy because it has abortifacient effects,” meaning it can induce abortions, Jefferson says. “The compounds in it can cause miscarriage, premature birth, or even uterine contractions.”
  2. You have a thyroid condition or take thyroid medication: Ashwagandha has been shown to alter thyroid function and increase thyroid hormones, which could be dangerous for people with hyperthyroidism. “It could also potentially interfere with thyroid tests, so it’s always important to let your doctor know if you are taking ashwagandha,” Avena says.
  3. You have hormone-sensitive prostate cancer: Ashwagandha can increase testosterone levels which could be dangerous for patients with prostate cancer.
  4. You take benzodiazepines, anticonvulsants, or barbiturates: Ashwagandha might increase drowsiness, particularly in people taking certain medications.
  5. You have an autoimmune condition: Ashwagandha is immunostimulating, which means it boosts the immune system. Immunosuppressant drugs are prescribed to people with autoimmune conditions to help suppress the body’s immune system and taking ashwagandha could decrease the effects of these drugs, Jefferson says.
  1. Have diabetes: Ashwagandha has been shown to decrease blood sugar levels in animal studies. It’s not clear if this is applicable to humans, therefore, people with diabetes should consult with their doctor before taking ashwagandha.
  2. Have stomach ulcers: People with stomach ulcers should talk to a doctor before taking ashwagandha as it can irritate the lining of your gastrointestinal tract exacerbating the ulcers, Jefferson says.

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