One of our favorite things about our Trendy AF series is that we get to try so many things out on a pretty regular basis. We’re basically like guinea pigs around here and we’re ok with that. This time around we’re looking into the latest trend surrounding Ashwagandha – specifically focusing on gummies because, well, we’re still obsessing over any time of gummy since it’s like giving ourselves a little candy treat each and every day.
We’ve tested out a bunch of different gummies already like prebiotics and even a wide variety of CBD gummies. When it comes to Ashwagandha, sales have actually increased by almost 4,000% (yes, really) in the last year alone! And gummy sales have seen such strong growth, overall, by 44% during the pandemic. So, clearly, we needed to try these out.
But what actually is Ashwagandha and what can it really do for you? We consulted with the medical pros to cover this one since, well, we’re certainly not doctors around here! Simply stated, Ashwagandha is an ancient medicinal herb that can help your body manage stress and so much more. Some of the possible benefits that you may experience include things like:
- May help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.
- May help lower cholesterol.
- May help improve memory and overall brain function.
- May help reduce inflammation.
- May help increase muscle mass and strength.
- May help reduce blood sugar levels.
As always, before you start any time of supplement of any kind for any reason, please check with your actual doctor first. They can see if these are right for you and won’t interfere with anything else you may be taking.
For us, we were definitely most interested in helping to reduce our anxiety and stress levels (especially during the pandemic) and quite honestly, we need to actually sleep through the night for once! There are a bunch of brands out there that make Ashwagandha gummies (we’ll get to that list in a sec), but we wanted one that would help reduce stress and help us sleep at the same time. There are some that include melatonin so we decided to try those out.
Some of the top brands in this space right now include:
- Hum Nutrition
It’s not to say that there aren’t other amazing ones, but through our research these are currently some of the top sellers this year. We ended up going with Stressballs “Snooze” because it’s to be taken before bed and contains melatonin so, for us, it was the real 2-for-1 we were looking for!
Firs of all, they actually tasted pretty good and, to be honest, it really was a nice little candy-like treat before bed. We just have to take 2 of them about 30-45 minutes before we actually want to sleep and you have to be able to commit to at least 6 hours of possible sleep. So, if you wake up in the middle of the night, you probably don’t want to pop these because you could wake up a little out of it.
Now we’ve tried just about every melatonin option out there – and while they’re sometimes hit or miss, we found these to be more of a hit than a miss. We’ve slept better than we have in a while which, in the end, overall helps us feel less stresses and anxious in the morning. So it now basically comes down to our overall takeaway…
This is always a tough one for us because we basically answer it based on our experience. Of course, you may feel differently, but we actually really liked our experience with Ashwagandha mixed with melatonin. We can’t say we felt less stressed at night, but that was only because we were sleeping. But we did get a decent night sleep (not always, but our success rate has gone up!) and we woke up more rested and definitely less stressed. So, we say do it!
If you’re looking to give this a go, check out our picks for some of the best Ashwagandha gummies (so far) in 2021.
Goli Ashwagandha Gummies
Amazon Ratings: +560
The Best Overall
One of the best sellers and most trusted in this space comes from Goli. We’ve reviewed and tried their Apple Cider Vinegar options in the past and really loved them. These yummy options are gluten free, plant-based, made right here in the US, and come as a 60-count (so it should last you around 1-month if you do two per day). These may help reduce your stress levels, help improve your sleep patterns, and so much more. Learn more here!
Stressballs De-Stress + Snooze
Amazon Ratings: +2,240
For a Better Night Sleep
These have been our go-to because, as we mentioned, we really needed some additional help in the sleep department. These are non-habit forming, have melatonin, chamomile, and lavender to help with sleep and relaxation, and come 46 to a bottle. It’s recommended you take two before you go to sleep so our only gripe is that we wish the bottle came with 60 so these would last us a full month. On the brighter side, we didn’t need to take them each night so we were able to stretch it out a bit longer. Learn more here!
Hum Nutrition Calm-Sweet-Calm
For Daily Use
If you’re looking for something to use each and every day, check out these sour cherry options from Hum Nutrition (one of the top brands in this space). Plus, look how cute the shapes are…little hearts! With continued use this may help lower stress and promote a more relaxed vibe. These are totally vegan-approved and come 60 to a bottle (lasting you 30 days). Oh, and you can save 15% on your order right now! Learn more here!
Amazon Ratings: +3,700
For Focus + Memory
Stressballs made our list for the second time because, yes, we’re pretty obsessed with them. This time around, these are said to help you with better and more clear focus, increased memory and, of course, less stress. These are sage and green-tea flavored and come 46 to a bottle. Learn more here!
Flamingo Apple Flavored Gummies
Amazon Ratings: +370
For the Hemp Enthusiasts
Hemp fans unite! These apple flavored options from Flamingo Supplements are low in sugar, come 60 to a bottle, are actually pretty darn tasty, and made right here in the US without any fillers. Besides Ashwagandha, they also contain hemp oil (don’t worry, it’s legal) which can help with your overall skin too. Learn more here!
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