Taking Brahmi with Ashwagandha: Is it SAFE or Not?

Short Answer: It is generally safe to take brahmi and ashwagandha together or one after another. Because they may have a synergistic effect on brain function and stress reduction.

Brahmi and ashwagandha are both healthy supplements that are widely used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Brahmi contains bacosides, which are compounds that enhance memory and cognitive function.

Ashwagandha has withanolides, which are substances that reduce stress and inflammation.

According to Ayurveda, brahmi and ashwagandha can be taken together to boost brain power and make you more alert.

They are both adaptogenic herbs, which means they help the body adapt to stress and promote overall well-being.

Ashwagandha reduces cortisol levels, a hormone that is released in response to stress. Brahmi improves cognitive function and reduces anxiety.

When taken together, they may work in tandem to provide a more comprehensive approach to stress management and cognitive support.

According to science, there is some evidence that brahmi and ashwagandha can improve memory and cognitive performance when taken together.

One study found that taking a combination of brahmi and ashwagandha for 12 weeks significantly improved memory and cognitive function in healthy adults.

Another study showed that taking brahmi and ashwagandha together potentiated the anti-stress effects of ashwagandha.

However, more research is needed to confirm the safety and efficacy of this combination for different populations and conditions.

As a nutritionist, my advice is to try first.

If after taking brahmi and ashwagandha together you experience any side effects, such as nausea, headache, or stomach upset, then stop combining them. And if you can tolerate them, then continue.

However, you should be mindful of the quality and quantity of brahmi and ashwagandha you consume. Because they may interact with some medications or health conditions, such as thyroid disorders, blood pressure problems, or diabetes.

You should also consult your doctor before taking any supplements, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any medical issues.

Whether you take them together or not, you should always choose high-quality brahmi and ashwagandha products from reputable sources.

Because some supplements may contain contaminants or additives that can affect their purity and potency.

You should also follow the dosage instructions on the label or as prescribed by your doctor.

Generally, the recommended dosage for brahmi is 300–450 mg per day, and for ashwagandha is 250–500 mg per day.

You can store brahmi and ashwagandha in a cool, dry, and dark place away from direct sunlight and heat.

Do not store them in the refrigerator or freezer, as this may affect their quality.

You should also keep them in their original containers or in airtight jars or bottles.

Do not store them near strong-smelling substances, such as spices or perfumes, as this may alter their flavor or aroma.

Finally, remember, brahmi and ashwagandha are not magic pills that can solve all your problems.

They are natural supplements that can support your health and well-being when used properly and responsibly. They should be part of a balanced diet and lifestyle that includes regular exercise, adequate sleep, and stress management.

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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