- Rasa (taste): sweet, bitter
- Virya (action): cooling
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
- Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for vata and pitta, may aggravate kapha in excess
Serving size: 1 tablet
Servings per container: 90
Each 500 mg tablet contains: Shatavari root (Asparagus racemosus)**.
Other ingredients, from natural sources: organic maltodextrin, silicon dioxide. Free of gluten, soy and dairy. 100% vegetarian.
Banyan Botanicals contain no animal products and are suitable for vegetarians.
Shatavari is commonly used and well tolerated in traditional use, and though research on shatavari is still sparse, no significant adverse effects have been reported.
Shatavari is part of the asparagus family, and should therefore be avoided by anyone with an allergy to asparagus.
Asparagus can have a diuretic effect, and therefore, some theoretically believe that shatavari should be used with caution in people taking diuretic medications.
According to Ayurveda, one should avoid Shatavari if there is the presence of excess kapha, congestion and ama.
In the West, the exact role of phytoestrogens is still under investigation, and people with estrogen sensitivities, including estrogen sensitive tumors, are advised to use caution with foods and herbs containing phytoestrogens, which would include Shatavari.
Always consult your health care practitioner if you have questions related to your particular condition.
Who’s Your Source?
When choosing a supplier of Shatavari, it is important to consider a variety of questions, which will give you an understanding of the quality of your supplement. The conditions under which the herb was grown, harvested, and brought to you impacts the essence of the herb and the potential effect it has on your body, as well as the health of the environment, and the well-being of all those involved in bringing you the herbs, particularly the farmers. When you make an investment in your health, choose products from companies whose values are in alignment with your own. Here are some possible questions to consider.
- Is your supplement supplier able to trace the herbs back to the fields where they were grown?
Knowing where your herbs originated allows the supplier to check on the farms for quality control, and gives a record of each process the herbs went through before arriving in your hands.
Banyan procures herbs from suppliers that keep a record of the herb’s journey, following it back to the actual fields where it was grown.
- Are the plants harvested sustainably?
In gathering the herbs, all companies have a choice. They can harvest herbs that were grown on private farms, where supply and demand is accounted for, and sustainability is managed; or, they can find the herbs growing in their natural environment and harvest them in a way that is within legal regulations, though not always refreshing the supply with new crops; or they can take them illegally from natural habitats, which severely threatens long-term sustainability.
In order to protect sustainability and the long term existence of these precious plants, Banyan sources Shatavari that has been cultivated on privately owned farms.
- Is the farmer’s well-being looked after?
As a crucial part of the supply chain, the farmer’s needs must be taken into account when sourcing herbs. Without this assurance, farmers look for alternate means of sustaining themselves, including short-cuts in farming, unnatural methods of improving yields, or sometimes, quitting the farming lifestyle altogether.
Banyan strongly believes in making sure the farmers are cared for as part of the supply chain. As such, the farms we source from are monitored for adherence with fair-trade principles.
- Are the herbs certified organic?
Organic has become a commonly used term today, often losing its true meaning. Organic certification ensures that the farms from which the herbs are sourced are actually following organic principles, as they are inspected for this. As Banyan sources its Shatavari from private farms which are certified organic, we are able to ensure that your herbs have not been treated with pesticides or other harmful chemicals. Banyan’s Shatavari is USDA certified organic.