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The preparation works great in sports supplementation. It is conducive to the improvement of physical efficiency, helps to increase muscle mass and strength. It is especially recommended to people who burden their organisms with excessive amount of workout and have little time for rest and recovery.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a plant used for ages in phytotherapy, called the “Queen of Ayurveda”. It has a very large scope of activity - it is a strong antioxidant and immunomodulator, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It gained the largest popularity as an adaptogen which is able to decrease negative effects of stress and increase tolerance of the organism to unfavorable conditions.
For therapeutic purposes, practically all parts of the plant are used. Researchers distinguished many biologically active substances in this plant, among which compounds called withanolides demonstrate the highest activity. Not all extracts from ashwagandha will work in the same way, therefore when reaching for the supplement, it is worth making sure if it contains high-quality extract with a guaranteed content of withanolides.
Superiority of KSM-66® over other extracts
KSM-66® is number one among available ashwagandha extracts. It is patent-protected, certified extract produced according to the highest-quality standards. Only the root of the plant was used for the production. It is important since the root contains the most bioactive substances. It is worth highlighting that many clinical studies related to the influence of ashwagandha on cognitive health, sexual functions or physical efficiency were carried out with the use of KSM-66®.
Ashwagandha and sports form
Ashwagandha is conducive to the improvement of energy balance, which is reflected in increasing physical efficiency and endurance. It works great in the periods of weakness and weariness - it has energizing and stimulating properties. Due to its vitalizing properties, it is often called an “Indian ginseng”, although it is not as stimulating as ginseng. It was proven in the studies than after 8-week supplementation with ashwagandha extracts, among all subjects the strength of muscles was increased by 7.6% and aerobic capacity by 6.6%.
Ashwagandha may facilitate the work of body esthetics. It is conducive to building muscle mass and at the same time it accelerates adipose tissue reduction. Researchers explain this effect by androgenic properties of ashwagandha extracts. Withanolides present in the root of the plant resemble in structure testosterone, therefore they cause similar effects. Moreover, ashwagandha may influence the production of the human growth hormone (HGH), on which the pace of the development of muscle mass and post-workout recovery largely depend.
Limiting overproduction of cortisol is also very important. This problem often appears in sportsmen, who burden the organism with the excessive amount of workout, forget about regeneration and rest. Cortisol, as a catabolic hormone, does not facilitate the work on the body. Quite the contrary - it is conducive to storing fat and inhibits the development of muscles.
Ashwagandha and the level of testosterone
There is solid evidence that ashwagandha extracts may increase testosterone level. In the studies lasting for 3 months, in which 57 young and healthy men took part, it was proven that supplementation with KSM-66® resulted in the increase of testosterone level by 17%. In many cases the level of the luteinizing hormone (LH) was also increased. Generally, it should not be a surprise - ashwagandha reduces the level of cortisol (which is an antagonist of testosterone), increases HDL cholesterol level (which takes part in testosterone production), limits inflammation and improves sleep quality. In other words, it supports natural testosterone production and eliminates factors, which could disturb this process.
Ashwagandha and mental state
Ashwagandha is primarily an adaptogen, therefore one of the basic effects of its activity is increasing mental resistance and decreasing harmful influence of stress-causing factors on the organism.
Bioactive compounds present in the root of the plant influence serotonin receptors, increasing their ability to react. Thanks to this, it is possible to more effectively utilize serotonin present in the organism, which is reflected in better mood and positive attitude. Ashwagandha also demonstrates anti-anxiety properties. Researchers compare its activity to the activity of GABA. Similarly to gamma-aminobutyric acid, ashwagandha promotes the feeling or relax, harmonizes the nervous system and is conducive to falling asleep.
Including ashwagandha extracts to supplementation by people who intensively train may bring additional benefits related to the improvement of natural defense mechanisms of the organism. It is worth remembering that excessive physical effort increases susceptibility to infections and weakens immunity.
Ashwagandha has immunomodulating properties. It positively influences the amount of blood cells, produced by bone marrow, increases the amount of leukocytes, stimulates the production of interferon and increases the activity of macrophages.
The organism’s immunity may be also weakened by free radicals, which are abundantly produced during intensive physical effort. Ashwagandha is a strong antioxidant, which considerably decreases the size of oxidative damage. Moreover, studies on rodents proved that three-week supplementation with ashwagandha extract resulted in the increase of the level of key endogenous antioxidants - glutathione catalase and peroxidase and superoxide dismutase (SOD).
To sum up, Olimp Ashwagandha 600 Sport is a natural booster of effort abilities and promotor of high psychophysical form. It will work great among people who are burdened with the excess of duties, stress and large amount of workout. The highest quality of the material is a guarantee of effectiveness of the preparation and safety of use.
A typical dose of ashwagandhy is about 300-600 mg of extract, so it is recommended to use 2 capsules a day, in divided doses.
The operation of the supplement depends on individual predispositions, so it is worth testing them on yourself. For some people, ashwagandha has an energizing effect, which is why they accept it in the first half of the day. A large group of users reports that it is slightly sedative and improves the quality of sleep, which is why the most beneficial time for supplementation will be the second half of the day.
Ashwagandha reacts with sedatives, so she can not be combined with anxiolytics.
Olimp is a Polish company offering dietary supplements and supplements for athletes that are made of carefully selected and safe for health ingredients. Among the products of this brand are protein supplements, amino acid supplements, pre-workout supplements and creatine. The company also allows the purchase of supplements inducing a strong muscle pump by raising significantly the level of nitric oxide in the blood and supplements restoring acid-alkine balance. Also noteworthy are supplements helping to reduce body fat, regulating metabolism and improving of the hair, skin and nails.
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Ashwagandha (Wythania somnifera / Indian ginseng) - a plant of the nightshade family, used in Oriental medicine as a means of adding vitality, improves the psychophysical condition. It is used as an aphrodisiac. The root of the plant is a rich source of bioactive compounds (phytosterols, glycosides, withanolides etc.). The sports supplementation, herbal preparations, a positive effect on the nervous system (reduces stress, and accelerates the adaptation to changing conditions psychophysical), hematopoietic and immune systems. It has a decisive influence on the process of synthesis of nitrogen oxides and the level of certain hormones, including testosterone (e.g. improving sexual functions).
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a component of the complex herbal supplements (as well as sets of adaptogens) increase the level of the male sex hormone (testosterone), supporting the sexual function of the body, supporting regeneration and having a calming effect.
Dosage: 300-600 mg of extract per day.
Withanolides - biologically active compounds belonging to the group of steroid lactones, occurring in some green plants. In supplementation they are perceived mainly as active substances of Withania somnifera, commonly called Ashwagandha. The percentage content of withanolides in Ashwagandha extracts is considered the indicator of the product’s quality - the higher the content, the more effective the supplement. In non-standardized extracts, the content of withanolides is estimated for 1% of dry muscle mass of Withania somnifera leaves.
Being the main active substances of Ashwagandha, withanolides are responsible for the majority of effects of its application. Regular supplementation with Withania somnifera extracts demonstrates adaptogen effect. It increases the organism’s tolerance to stress factors, holistically promoting the functions of the organism. It may decrease cortisol level in case of its excessively high concentrations, promote cognitive abilities and facilitate concentration. Supplementation with Ashwagandha also supports maintaining proper daily rhythm and is conducive to falling in a deep sleep.
Some sources also indicate that supplementation with Withania somnifera extracts positively influences the level of testosterone in the organism. Current research results indicate, however, that this effects of supplementation may be achieved only in people with initially excessively low secretion of the male sex hormone.