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With its usage dating back thousands of years, ashwagandha has shown to be beneficial for multiple health concerns ranging from stress relief to fertility, strength training, and even exercise recovery.

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If you are looking for a supplement that can help not only with your multiple health concerns but also with your fitness, you have found the right supplement.  Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng, is a shrub that is native to Africa, Asia, and southern Europe. Its roots, leaves, and berries are harvested for their medicinal properties.

The roots of the plant are known for their distinct smell. It has been described as “horse-like” hence the name. “Ashwa” means horse and it is said that consuming it gives you the power of a horse according to the Indians who have been using it in Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine practiced in India.

The use of Ashwagandha can be traced back to 6000 BC. During that time it was used as a Rasayana, or a tonic, which served as an aphrodisiac, narcotic, diuretic, anthelmintic, astringent, thermogenic, and stimulant according to Singh et al. (2011)1.

In more recent times, Ashwagandha has been widely studied. Here are some of its most practical uses in modern medicine.

Stress Relief & Lower Cortisol Levels

Daily life can be stressful.  In fact, 79% of Americans reported feeling stress sometimes or frequently at work according to a recent Gallup poll2.  Stress was highest for individuals who were employed and also had a child or children.

Almost everyone experiences stress at some point in their lives. Stress causes our levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, to rise. High levels of cortisol over prolonged periods of time can lead to increased blood sugar levels and cause our bodies to store additional fat, especially in the abdominal area. This is because the body switches to survival mode, and this is its natural combative response.

Studies show that Ashwagandha can reduce stress thus reducing cortisol levels. It is actually best-known as an “adaptogen”, or a natural substance that helps the body adapt to physical, mental, and emotional stress due to its normalizing effect on the body’s natural processes. The reason this plant can achieve this is because of the biologically active chemicals in it called sitoindosides and acylsterylglucosides which are anti-stress agents according to Singh et al. (2011)3.

In one study by Chandrasekhar et al. (2012)4, 64 people with a history of chronic stress were enrolled in their study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Ashwagandha root extract for reducing stress, anxiety, and for improving overall well-being. Subjects were assigned to either the placebo control group or the study drug treatment group. Participants took one capsule twice a day for 60 days.

They found a significant reduction in all areas for the participants in the study group and concluded that Ashwagandha “improves an individual’s resistance towards stress and thereby improves self-assessed quality of life.”

Help For Those With Anxiety & Depression

Stress, anxiety, and depression often go hand-in-hand. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America5.

In a systematic review of five human trials using Ashwagandha for anxiety relief, Pratte et al. (2014)6 reported that all five studies concluded that subjects treated with Ashwagandha resulted in greater score improvements on anxiety or stress scales. The improvements were very significant in most cases compared with those in the placebo group(s).

In another study by Andrade et al. (2000)7, Ashwagandha was tested on subjects with anxiety disorders.  In all, there were 39 subjects in the study. Twenty received Ashwagandha extract and 19 received a placebo. Within 6 weeks, “significantly more patients met a priori response criteria in the drug group, 88.2%, as compared with the placebo group, 50%” thus showing it effective.

Hence, Ashwagandha could be a natural alternative to prescription drugs for those suffering from stress, anxiety, and depression.

An Anti-Diabetic, Anti-Hypertensive Herb

Many types of medicinal plants have been studied to help combat high blood glucose levels to improve the health of type-2 diabetics who also tend to have an accompanying problem, hypertension.

In a systematic review by Chukwuma et al. (2019)8, 64 studies that covered the medicinal properties of 102 plant species were analyzed. Researchers found that Ashwagandha was one of the only plants to possess blood-glucose-lowering and diuretic effects in humans.

In another small study by Andallu & Radihka (2000)9 the “hypoglycemic, diuretic and hypocholesterolemic effects of roots of Ashwagandha were assessed on human subjects.” They found that the impact of Ashwagandha was as effective as oral medication prescribed to diabetics with no adverse side effects.

The Fountain Of Youth?

The search for eternal youth has been sought after since the 1500s when Ponce De Leon looked for the mythical waters to bathe in. Maybe he was looking in the wrong place. Instead of looking for a fountain, he should have been digging below the Earth.

Could we possibly delay aging by using an herb?

Telomeres are compounds found at the ends of chromosomes. They make it possible for our cells to divide and they protect our genetic data. As we age, they become shorter. In a study on cells by Raguraman & Subramaniam (2016)10, Ashwagandha root extract was shown to increase telomerase activity which means it has “anti-aging inducing potential.”

Kumar et al. (2013)11 tested this theory in worms. What they found was that Ashwagandha improved the lifespan of worms in the test group by 21.4%.

Female Sexual Dysfunction

Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is defined by The Mayo Clinic12 as persistent, recurrent problems with sexual response, desire, orgasm or pain in women. Women of any age can experience sexual dysfunction, and it often causes strain in their relationships.

Ashwagandha has been used for a long time to promote sexual health acting as a sexual stimulant. It works by increasing blood flow and reducing tension.

Dongre et al. (2015)13 studied the impact of Ashwagandha in healthy women experiencing FSD. They found improvement for women in the test group in five areas: arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and the number of health encounters increased.

Men’s Fertility

When we think about fertility issues, we often think of women’s fertility issues. However, “about one-third of infertility cases are caused by fertility problems in men and another one-third of fertility problems are due to fertility problems in women” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services14. Basically there’s a 50% chance that the man in the relationship is responsible when a pregnancy is not produced.

The good news is that Ashwagandha has been scientifically proven to increase fertility in men.

Natural Medicine Journal15 reported on a study of 68 men experiencing low sperm concentration and low motility. Twenty-one men in the treatment group received 225 mg of Ashwagandha root three times per day for 12 weeks, and 25 men in the control group received a placebo three times per day. The results of the study stated, “When comparing semen parameters at baseline and after the 90-day treatment phase, average sperm concentration rose corresponding to a 167% increase in sperm concentration in men treated with Ashwagandha root.”

Stress can cause infertility in men. In a study by Mahdi et al. (2011)16, researchers treated infertile men who had high-stress factors with 5 grams of Ashwagandha root powder for 3 months. They reported, “Treatment resulted in a decrease in stress, improved the level of anti-oxidants and improved overall semen quality in a significant number of individuals. The treatment resulted in pregnancy in the partners of 14% of the patients.”

Increase Lean Muscle Mass, Strength, Leanness & Exercise Recovery

Do you love hitting the gym? Muscle gains and weight loss are typically the desired result for many men (and women) who hit the weights at the gym. Adding Ashwagandha to your supplement routine is a natural way to improve your physical performance, increase muscle mass, lower body fat, and reduce post-exercise fatigue for athletes or for those who are just getting started in the gym.

How does it work?

When it comes to muscle gains, your T-levels (testosterone) matter. Testosterone is the main hormone responsible for muscular growth. The higher your T-levels are the better your muscles respond as far as growth is concerned and the more quickly your body recovers.

Ashwagandha has been scientifically proven to increase testosterone. Using just 5g of Ashwagandha root powder can increase testosterone levels by 13-22% in just 3-months according to Mahdi et al. (2011)16 and to Ahmad et al. (2010)17 who found that men who took just 3g of Ashwagandha root extract for 3 months increased testosterone by 14-41%.

In an 8-week study by Wankhede et al. (2015)18, 57 males with little weight lifting experience were randomized into two treatment groups. The 29 men in the test group were given ashwagandha root extract, and the remaining received a placebo. Then they trained on the bench press and leg extension.

The results showed that the test group had a significantly greater size increase in the arms and chest. The test group also has a “greater reduction of exercise-induced muscle damage as indicated by the stabilization of serum creatine kinase, a significantly greater increase in testosterone level, and a significantly greater decrease in body fat percentage.”

In another study by Raut et al. (2012)19, healthy men and women were given two divided doses daily which were increased every 10 days for 30 days. Researchers found an increase in muscle activity and strength significantly increased. Participants total body fat percentage was also trending downward, and their LDL-cholesterol decreased.

Buyers Guide For Ashwagandha

Almost everyone can benefit from taking Ashwagandha daily. The next step is purchasing it, and there are some things you should be looking for before making your selection as to which product to buy.

The first thing you should consider is the amount of withanolides in the product. Withanolides are a natural steroid in the plant that delivers the medicinal impact that you are looking for. Make sure that the Ashwagandha you purchase has at least 5% withanolides in it or more.

You are also looking for the purest product you can find. You don’t want a genetically modified product, so make sure that the label says “non-GMO.” Also, check the label to see if there are artificial additives such as artificial colors, oils, talc, lead and other additives that you don’t need or want in the product.

However, one addition that could be helpful is black pepper extract. The addition of black pepper can help with the full absorption and effectiveness of ashwagandha.

How Much To Take

As little as 300-500 milligrams twice per day for a total of 600-1000 mg can be effective. However, this is considered low-dose. For others, it is safe to take upwards of 6000 milligrams per day, which is considered a therapeutic dose. Of course, this would be divided out over three 2000 mg doses per day.

The amount you take should be dependent on what issue you are trying to resolve.

Who Should Not Take Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is safe for the majority of the population. However, there are a few groups that should avoid using it including:

  • Type-1 diabetics
  • pregnant and/or breastfeeding women
  • those who have autoimmune diseases
  • those who have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease

It is always best to consult your doctor before starting any new health supplement.

Conclusion

Ashwagandha is a seriously powerful herb.

We discussed many ways that it can help people in a wide variety of ways, yet it still has many more benefits such as helping those with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders to reduce inflammation. It can help with improving memory and cognitive function. It can help those who suffer from chronic sleep disorders.  Research is also ongoing studying its anti-cancer properties which have been successful in inhibiting cancer cells in animal trials. The list goes on.

The best news in all of this is that it is safe with few to no negative side effects for the majority of individuals who take it.

Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 2 capsules Servings Per Container: 30

IngredientAmount Per Serving%DV
Organic Ashwagandha1300 mg*
Organic Black Pepper10 mg*

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