Taking Amla with Ashwagandha? Is it SAFE or Not?

Short Answer: It is generally safe to take amla and ashwagandha together or one after another. Because they are both have complementary effects on various aspects of health.

Amla and ashwagandha are both healthy supplements that have many benefits for your health and well-being.

Amla is a sour fruit that contains vitamin C, antioxidants, and polyphenols.

Ashwagandha is a herb that has adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties.

According to Ayurveda, amla and ashwagandha can be taken together as they are both rasayanas, which means rejuvenating agents that promote longevity and vitality.

Amla balances all three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha), while ashwagandha mainly balances vata and kapha.

Taking them together can enhance their effects on the immune system, the nervous system, the digestive system, and the reproductive system.

According to science, there is not enough evidence to support the safety and efficacy of taking amla and ashwagandha together.

There are some studies that suggest that they may have synergistic effects on certain conditions, such as diabetes, stress, and cancer.

However, there are also some potential interactions and side effects that need to be considered.

For example, amla may lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels, so it may interact with medications for diabetes and hypertension. Ashwagandha may increase thyroid hormone levels, so it may interfere with thyroid medications.

As a nutritionist, my advice is to try first.

If after taking amla and ashwagandha together you experience any adverse reactions, such as nausea, diarrhea, headache, drowsiness, or allergic reactions, then stop combining them. And if you can tolerate them, then continue.

However, you should be mindful of the quality and quantity of amla and ashwagandha you consume. Because they are natural products, they may vary in their potency and purity depending on the source and processing methods.

You should always choose organic and standardized products from reputable brands.

You should also consult your doctor before taking them if you have any medical conditions or take any medications.

Whether you take them together or not, you should always store amla and ashwagandha properly to preserve their freshness and effectiveness.

You can store fresh amla fruits in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to six months. You can also dry them in the sun or dehydrate them in an oven and store them in an air-tight container in a cool and dry place for up to a year.

You can store ashwagandha powder or capsules in a similar way, away from heat, light, and moisture. Do not store them near strong-smelling substances or in humid environments.

Finally, remember that amla and ashwagandha are not magic pills that can cure all your ailments.

They are supplements that can support your health and wellness when used appropriately and moderately. They should be taken as part of a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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