The DARK SIDE of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has many health benefits, but does it also come with side effects? Find out about the dark side of ashwagandha.

0:00 Introduction: What is ashwagandha?
0:14 Ashwagandha benefits
0:53 Should I take ashwagandha?
1:39 Side effects of ashwagandha
3:06 Taking ashwagandha

In this video, we’re going to talk about the side effects and benefits of ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is a powerful herb that helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Along with stress management, ashwagandha has numerous potential health benefits, including the following:
•Reduces nervousness
•Helps reduce cortisol
•Increases VO2 max
•Increases testosterone
•Improves sleep
•Improves recovery
•Lowers blood sugar
•Helps improve insulin resistance

However, there are some things to consider before taking ashwagandha. Avoid ashwagandha if you have a hyperthyroid condition like Graves' disease because ashwagandha speeds up the thyroid.

Because it lowers blood pressure, it’s best to avoid ashwagandha if your blood pressure is already on the low side. If you have low cortisol, you won’t want to push it even lower with ashwagandha. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also avoid ashwagandha.

Don't take ashwagandha if you’re sensitive to nightshades or have a genetic problem that causes you to have too much iron. If you take too much ashwagandha for too long, some people describe feeling no emotion or feeling numb.

Most people who experience adverse ashwagandha side effects have taken it for too long and in high doses. Consider keeping your ashwagandha intake at around 600 mg daily, broken into two 300 mg doses. It’s also best to limit your intake to two months at a time.

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Dr. Berg, age 59, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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  1. @i.mahdihosseini on April 8, 2024 at 12:02 pm

    00:00 🌿 Ashwagandha has numerous benefits including stress reduction, anxiety relief, cortisol reduction, increased V02 Max, testosterone boost, improved sleep, and aiding in recovery.
    01:47 🧠 Long-term and high doses of ashwagandha may lead to emotional numbing, possibly due to excessive serotonin or phytochemicals acting as defense molecules, causing stress adaptation.
    02:55 💊 It’s advisable to limit ashwagandha intake to around 600mg per day, divided into doses of 300mg, and not exceeding two months continuously to prevent potential adverse effects.
    03:48 🤲 Check out Dr. Berg’s video on acupressure points for stress relief.

    • @nessmanessma7811 on April 8, 2024 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks 😊

    • @Cupping17 on April 8, 2024 at 12:33 pm


    • @fleursdesiles414 on April 8, 2024 at 12:40 pm


    • @vanessapetrea2490 on April 8, 2024 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you! Have a wonderful day!🌞

    • @lilyrose4191 on April 8, 2024 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  2. @thusithaniroshana9479 on April 8, 2024 at 12:07 pm

    Learned one special thing. “The right Foods can cure all non communicable diseases “ Thank you Dr.Berg” 🇱🇰

    • @d.tr6176 on April 8, 2024 at 1:45 pm

      Basically it prevents them But kudos if it cures them once they are present.

    • @Drberg on April 8, 2024 at 2:36 pm

      Most welcome!

    • @all4onejerzyd.344 on April 8, 2024 at 6:36 pm


  3. @brandonthepinocchioVIBES123321 on April 8, 2024 at 12:12 pm

    I just ordered a bunch of Ashwaganda good timing listening to this

    • @Drberg on April 8, 2024 at 2:52 pm

      Sounds good.

  4. @ds5651 on April 8, 2024 at 12:15 pm

    I drink the Yogi brand tea. Game changer for my anxiety. I cup before bed for a couple month did the trick. Now I mix up different tea but if I feel anxiety coming on I know where to go.

  5. @sk4348 on April 8, 2024 at 12:16 pm

    According to Ayurvedic principles, ashwagandha should not be taken for more than 2 months … and this is coming from my dietician who is a trained Ayurvedic doctor. So doctor Berg is right …

    • @MarkNOTW on April 8, 2024 at 12:48 pm

      Why? I’ve been taking 800mg a day for 7-8 years. No problems.

    • @user-mb3xy1ff3v on April 8, 2024 at 1:25 pm

      he said it lowers cortisol high good for weight?

    • @DaBigBoo_ on April 8, 2024 at 1:50 pm

      @@MarkNOTW stop

    • @jennifermarlow. on April 8, 2024 at 1:58 pm

      @@MarkNOTW Yes, and millions of people eat the Standard American Diet for many years before they develop serious metabolic issues. Just because nothing bad has happened so far, do you really want to take chances with your health? Against the advice of hundreds of years of experience? All right then.

    • @MarkNOTW on April 8, 2024 at 1:59 pm

      @@DaBigBoo_ ?

  6. @MsBerries25 on April 8, 2024 at 12:56 pm

    Even 135mg of Ashwagandha gave me side effects: itchy skin. I can’t find any dosage lower than that. It works it’s just too powerful for me

    • @dawnowens2345 on April 8, 2024 at 3:20 pm

      I get capsules and use just a pinch in a smoothie. Then put the capsule back together and back in the bottle

    • @BadgerBotherer1 on April 8, 2024 at 4:53 pm

      @@dawnowens2345 You can buy powder. Then just use as much or little as you want.

    • @glsak on April 8, 2024 at 6:29 pm

      The 2 times I tried it I got gout like symptoms almost immediately.

  7. @Miroslaw-rs8ip on April 8, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t have any of the health problems mentioned in the video and have been using it for about a year but not all the time, I have found that my strength has significantly improved and I’m sleeping better. Thanks for the video 👍

    • @kenethcull on April 8, 2024 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you for telling us the positive all these lummexes get on here and complain and this does zero 👍 good.

    • @hell_inc5853 on April 8, 2024 at 3:20 pm

      How often?

    • @lars2894 on April 8, 2024 at 3:34 pm

      Same here. Been on and off for 2 years, helped significantly lower my chronic stress. But then again, I knew not to take it everyday from the get go because I did the due research and found other people had these side effects.

    • @muycansada9908 on April 8, 2024 at 3:40 pm

      @@lars2894 This. You can’t take this every day, I did and I got anhedonia, which is the opposite side of anxiety. If you dose and cycle correctly, you will feel a lot calmer tho

    • @Drberg on April 8, 2024 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experience.

  8. @brandonchappell1535 on April 8, 2024 at 1:05 pm

    This is the first video that even mentions the elevated iron issue. When i was taking it, i had a blood test and noticed high iron, an after digging realized anemics take it to raise their iron, and i must have normal iron so when im on ashwaghanda my iron skyrockets, to dangerous levels, but not a single video mentions it !!

    • @alstroemeria227again4 on April 8, 2024 at 3:43 pm

      I didn’t know this. I take ashwaghanda from time to time. My iron levels are always a little low. It’s good to know that this helps my iron levels.

  9. @vulnikkura on April 8, 2024 at 1:47 pm

    I only take it when I’m studying for exam time for school. No longer than 6 weeks at a time.

  10. @jennifermarlow. on April 8, 2024 at 2:01 pm

    As soon as you said “nightshade”, my ears perked up. I am very sensitive to nightshades, and have avoided ashwagandha because of this. A good warning vid, Dr. Berg. Many thank yous!

    • @Drberg on April 8, 2024 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you!

  11. @samjoseph420 on April 8, 2024 at 3:00 pm

    I love my Ashwaganda gummies and I only take it periodically when I feel I need it.

  12. @joannad2825 on April 8, 2024 at 3:25 pm

    I’m so glad dr Berg discussed the side effects of ash and the importance of not taking it long term. These “natural” supplements are not as harmless as we think. Ashwaganda was recommended to me to help deal with anxiety and other symptoms of perimenopause. I was on a dose of 600mg for 2 years. It did work for a while but then I started having severe side effects. Depression, anxiety, loss of feeling pleasure (that muted feeling that Dr Berg mentions), low blood pressure (I even fainted once) and general lethargy for much of the day. It also wreaked havoc on my digestive system. When you try to come off it, it can take some time as it is stored in your body fat. Please be careful and only use short term if at all.

    • @pacocapitola on April 8, 2024 at 6:34 pm

      Agreed. Like Dr. Berry says “Rat turds are natural too.”

    • @carlavolante on April 8, 2024 at 7:11 pm


  13. @alstroemeria227again4 on April 8, 2024 at 3:41 pm

    I take it from time to time for anxiety. My anxiety was so bad that I was having bad heart palpitations. I take it for a week or two and it gets me back on track.

    • @Drberg on April 8, 2024 at 3:59 pm

      Awesome. Thanks for sharing your experience here.

    • @stewartlittle4623 on April 8, 2024 at 4:07 pm

      Did it help your anxiety, and how well did it help your anxiety

    • @rhill3453 on April 8, 2024 at 4:53 pm

      Thx 4 sharing Ur experience. 💖

    • @woduk on April 8, 2024 at 5:27 pm

      Try lions mane or resihi mushroom supplement for anxiety

  14. @okayworld1208 on April 8, 2024 at 3:48 pm

    You forgot to mention it’s native to India, Dr. Berg! 😊 Btw, it’s a potent *medicine* but only meant for short term usage, as you pointed out. And yes, not suited for everyone, and can cause intestinal irritation or stomach upset to a few, and some itching to others . Maximum may be 1-2 mo per 8-10 months, then pause.

  15. @grishaterry2954 on April 8, 2024 at 3:48 pm

    The doctors i used to go to had me on 6 diffrent prescriptions. Now i take hair fomula, adrenal stress, and trace minerals. I have not gone back to the doctors for at least 6 years now. Im in excellent shape, eat healthy and exercise a lot. At first i was taking to many of the adrenal stress, but i lowered my intake a little, and have felt like im using a cheat code in life. Stress/anxiety/anger no longer have a home inside me. I trust DR.BERGS science.

    • @mahlet77 on April 8, 2024 at 7:06 pm

      What’re those hair formulas and adrenal stress minerals?

  16. @mlmallory2780 on April 8, 2024 at 4:14 pm

    I love Ashwagandha and used it for years, unfortunately it caused me to have a upper gi bleed. It took me a bit to realize that it was causing the bleeding. Once I quit taking it the bleeding stopped. Still I’m thankful for it because it helped me through a very stressful time.

    • @rhill3453 on April 8, 2024 at 4:51 pm

      Thx 4 sharing Ur experience.

    • @-Kahi- on April 8, 2024 at 6:29 pm

      I had the same experience

    • @sevenStar_211 on April 8, 2024 at 6:38 pm

      What are the symptoms of upper Gi bleed?🩸

  17. @Honest_Mom on April 8, 2024 at 4:15 pm

    I took it long term before I was pregnant, during my pregnancy, and postpartum. No negative effects.

  18. @djv21472 on April 8, 2024 at 6:25 pm

    My personal experience dear dr. Burg… I took it more than a year… No side effects.. but have to take it with cow milk… I am from India, I know ashwagandha very well… Love from India dr.burg.. like ur videos.

  19. @janetlombardi2314 on April 8, 2024 at 6:46 pm

    Very good to know. I have taken this for many years. After watching this video, it’s time to take a break. Thank you

  20. @Indylimburg on April 8, 2024 at 7:01 pm

    I am a big big fan of ashwagandha. I’ve been using it almost daily for the past year. I’ve recommended it to all my family who report having stress or anxiety. I have high cortisol levels, so I use it to bring the cortisol down. I started using it during an extremely stressful course I was in (so stressed I couldn’t sleep or eat) and saw immediate improvement. It’s been a total game changer. I also have a fairly stressful day to day life. I’m typically taking about 2000 mg per day. The only bad reaction I’ve had was that I took too much within 24 hours and I felt pretty sick: body aches/fever and had to sleep it off. No other issues. Your mileage may vary. I don’t have any issues with nightshade foods.

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