Ashwagandha contains flavonoids and several active ingredients of the withanolide class. Ashwagandha acts as an adaptogen, an immune modulator, norishing and strengthening the inner reserve of the human body. Ashwagandha is rich in iron, which contributes to increased red blood cell count. Ashwagandha contains significant amounts of the amino acids arginine and ornithine. These amino acids are needed for proper nervous system function. Ashwagandha root stimulates the immune system, can reduce inflammation, and may even improve memory. Ashwaganda is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are substances that non-specifically enhance and regulate the body's ability to withstand stress and increase its general performance in ways that help the whole body resist disease.
Ashwaganda has a sedative effect on the central nervous system. It will enhance the effect of any other central nervous system sedatives that are taken at the same time. Ashwagandha has been used for strengthening the body and for helping to prevent disease. Ashwagandha has shown benefits in treating both anxiety and depression, enhancing the anti-tumor effects of chemotherapy, stimulation of thyroid function, and improvement in memory and mental function.