Ashwagandha is a natural herb a.k.a Withania somnifera, Winter cherry, or Indian ginseng, among others. Its meaning in Sanskrit is ‘horses’ smell’ due to its pleasant scent and its ability to increase strength. Ashwagandha is one of the most important components in Ayurvedic medicine, since it helps calm the brain, lower blood pressure and bolster the immune system. This evergreen shrub is full of amazing benefits, but can dogs take ashwagandha?
Some of its properties and benefits
This amazing herb grows in Africa and Asia, and it is considered an adaptogen since it enhances physical abilities while helping deal with stress. It is also antibacterial and antifungal and contains diuretic and sedative effects.
Ashwagandha contains high levels of iron and amino acids such as glycine, valine, tyrosine, proline, and alanine, which enhance the immune system and treat anemia, inflammation, bacterial infection, and diarrhea. In addition, it has a great concentration of withanolide, which fights inflammation and tumor growth. And last but not least, it lowers blood sugar (making it super beneficial for dogs with diabetes), cholesterol, and triglycerides, and can reduce anxiety and cortisol levels, working as a natural sedative.
Ashwagandha for dogs
This adaptogen is mostly used in senior dogs, due to its anti-inflammatory effects. However, it is totally safe for young dogs as well, remember it’s a natural herb. These are some of the properties your dog can benefit from:
- It helps fight tumors.
- Improves the quality of bodily tissues.
- Maintains the normal function of the nervous and cardiovascular systems.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Improves brain function.
- Reduces anxiety and stress.
Ashwagandha for dogs: How much can they take?
The standard recommendation goes between 1000 and 3000 mg (divided into 2 intakes) for medium size dogs. But don’t worry, we’ve made it easy for you to add the most beneficial adaptogens to your dog’s diet with our All-in-one Adaptogenic Powder. In addition to ashwagandha, it contains super herbs and mushrooms that will power up your dog’s health, such as organic kelp, tulsi leaf extract, reishi mushroom, and turkey tail, among others.
How does it work? You can add the powder to your dog’s daily food to regulate his immune system, enhance his cognitive functions, and calm hyperactivity and promote a balanced behavior. You can add it to dry food (in this case you should mix it with water) or wet food (directly apply on top of the food).