Is it OK to take maca and Ashwagandha together?
There is no evidence (personal experience) that either of these two supplements, maca and Ashwagandha, would cause issues when taken together.
Neither my partner nor I had any side-effects whatsoever. For us, it was OK to use both maca and Ashwagandha together in a smoothie, protein drink, chia pudding and so on. So yes. Maca and Ashwagandha can be taken together.
Here are our quick insights on taking maca and Ashwagandha together.
Why Such a Noise about Maca & Ashwagandha?
We read conflicting opinions when using maca and Ashwagandha plants together. Being curious, we decided to test and mix these two plants and share our experience with you. We had a test period of two months where we used every day only these two plants in a powder form.
Here are our quick insights on taking maca and Ashwagandha together.
Both maca root and ashwagandha plants are nutritious superfoods. They were studied almost in detail as two individual plants, but not in a combination as a supplement mix.
There was (and still is to this day) a lot of advertising going on when it comes to these two herbal supplements. Most of the ads claiming that both plants can improve the body’s ability to maintain physical effort, significantly improve libido, endurance, erectile dysfunction, and help the body adapt to various types of stress and balance hormones in both men and women. As such, these two plants quickly caught the attention of health practitioners, sports trainers and alike, worldwide, thus becoming well-known among athletes, and other people eager to improve their overall wellbeing. And in no time, a large number of supplement users began to wonder whether or not it is possible to mix these two powerful herbs, and if yes, is it safe and will it lead to superior results.
My partner and I know tons about maca, the value of maca, its benefits and that our body reacts positively to this Peruvian root. Like many, we also did not know, however, if we can take Ashwagandha and maca together. This particular curiosity, as well as the Ashwagandha popular health properties, were enough for us to dive in and find out what kind of reaction our body will have when we mix these two superfoods.
Where Does Ashwagandha Grow?
Typically Ashwagandha grows in India, but it also grows in other places in the world as well.
Ashwagandha is a small shrub with yellow flowers. This shrub tastes bitter, it has a pungent taste, and it’s one of the oldest medicinal plant used in the world. While the leaves of the plant have therapeutic values, the root of Ashwagandha is the most common part used for herbal supplementation.
In English, this plant is known as “winter cherry.” However, Ashwagandha is a Sanskrit name that describes the smell of horse. It is a favorite ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine, which is an ancient holistic healing approach developed over 3,000 years ago in India.
What are the health benefits of Ashwagandha – Withania Somnifera?
In Ayurvedic medicine, it is believed that health and wellness depend on a balance between the body, mind, and spirit. And it looks like that Ashwagandha is the herb to provide such a balance.
This small yet ancient and powerful herb is used as a nervine tonic and to counteract stress.
Like maca, Ashwagandha is also a powerful adaptogenic herb. It is loaded with potent antioxidants and with many medicinal benefits.
If you are not familiar with the term ‘Adaptogenic,’ it means that the adaptogenic herbs have qualities to increase resistance to stress, trauma, and fatigue, thus help the body “adapt” to physiological and psychological stress.
In addition, adaptogenic plants do not cause your body to do one thing or the other. Instead, it helps to bring your body back into balance due to a unique set of compounds called alkaloids. These alkaloids help you balance hormones and support neurological health. For instance, when patients with a high cortisol level received Ashwagandha, their cortisol levels were lovered. On the other hand, when patients with low cortisol level received Ashwagandha, it helped raise their cortisol levels (Dr. Ax).
This adaptogenic shrub is best known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety or act as a mood stabilizer. Ashwagandha is a mental tonic. It promotes a youthful state of physical and psychological health.
Ashwagandha regarding studies
Studies done in the past has shown that Ashwagandha has a Cognition Promoting Effect and was useful in children with memory deficit, and in old age people loss of memory. It was also found helpful in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. (1)
According to herbalist Dr. Michael Tierra, “Ashwagandha is easily the most potent tonic aphrodisiac in the entire botanical kingdom.” (2)
Ashwagandha is a real potent regenerative tonic (Rasayana of Ayurveda), due to its actions like anti-stress, neuroprotective, antitumor, anti-arthritic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory, etc. It is useful for different types of diseases like Parkinson, dementia, memory loss, stress, malignoma and others. (3)
– In athletes, it increases stamina and endurance and promotes recovery (so does maca)
– It works great for those people who are emotionally overwhelmed and emotionally stressed.
– It reduces cortisol levels, which once balanced, it will help relieve anxiety, depression and it will improve mood.
– It balances adrenal health, thyroid health (so does maca), brain health.
– It helps balance TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) level. Whether you have hypothyroidism, low or high TSH levels, Ashwagandha will bring your body into balance.
– Its uniqueness is that it achieves its results through strengthening the nervous system and potentiate reproductive hormones. Thus, it helps balance hormones in both men and women.
– It is one among the top natural plants to enhance the function of the brain and nervous system, it boosts memory, concentration and focus. In short, it can nurture the nervous system.
The Inside Scoop on Maca & Ashwagandha
Yes. Maca and Ashwagandha can be taken together. There is no evidence (personal experience) that either of these two supplements would cause issues when taken together.
After the two months of the trial period, and after reading more about Ashwagandha usage, we feel there is no reason (for us) to take these two plants together always. We did not feel any special energy boost in terms of physical performance. However, we did feel like we could focus and concentrate better.
This is how we were using it. Mix 3-6 grams of Ashwagandha powder with one soupspoon of maca in a fruity milkshake or a veggie protein drink. We drank this mix every day, usually in the morning before a workout. We also mixed Ashwagandha and maca with chia seeds, coconut milk, some stevia, vanilla extract and ate as a pudding for breakfast.
As we learned that this Indian ginseng (Ashwagandha) has anti-depressant capabilities, it’s an excellent tonic and it has natural memory boosting properties, nowadays, we will take ashwagandha first thing in the morning and then later on maca root powder, at noon. But, there are exceptions. On special occasions, we’ll combine maca and Ashwagandha in a smoothie or a protein drink. We do this when we know that we have ahead of us a challenging mental or physical workout preparation.
Which brand has the best ashwagandha powder?
Both maca and Ashwagandha are enormous sources of power and vitality. When preparing for a big run, we like to get the best out of these two plants, so we use both in a powder form.
As we travel a lot, we get to test different products because while one country will have Navitas maca product, another country might offer something totally different, such as maca by Rawsome brand. :) This is why we make sure that the products we buy are:
– Labeled as ‘certified’
– The origin of a product comes either from India (Ashwagandha) or Peru (maca)
– It has no additives.
Please note. We are not health practitioners. We are two ordinary people (a man and a woman), just like you, interested in novelty foods, superfoods, and supplements to boost our physical and mental performance. :) We are not taking any medications. If you are taking medicines or not sure if you should mix these two herbs, please consult your health practitioner.