I did not realize that Ashwagandha was such a good iron source….hopefully well absorbed
As mentioned in the traditional uses section, ashwagandha has a long history of use for male sexual debility. Multiple human studies show it can enhance sperm count and sperm motility (Ambiye (Ambiye et al. 2013; Nasimi Doost Azgomi et al. 2018; Ahmad et al. 2010). Interestingly, in a randomized placebo-controlled trial, ashwagandha improved sexual function in women as well (Dongre, Langade, and Bhattacharyya 2015). Ashwagandha is rich in iron and can be used to treat iron-deficiency anemia when taken as a powder in milk mixed with molasses. Women, who are seven to ten times more likely than men to develop anemia, can benefit from this herb, and it also relieves some perimenopausal symptoms such as muscle pain and cloudy thinking.I regularly use this plant along with white peony (Paeonia lactiflora) and black cohosh root (Actaea racemosa) to relieve the chronic muscle pain of fibromyalgia. It also can be useful for neck and back pain, restless leg syndrome (when taken with magnesium), and muscle spasms. In an RCT, an extract of the root and leaf (250 mg twice per day) significantly relieved pain, stiffness, and disability in people with arthritis in their knees (Ramakanth et al. 2016).
Winston, David. Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief (p. 160). Inner Traditions/Bear & Company. Kindle Edition.