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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – it is a plant called Indian ginseng due to its adaptogenic properties, ie. increasing the body's resistance to stress factors. It is used in traditional Eastern medicine; In ayurveda it is regarded as a cure for rheumatism, exhaustion, sexual impotence and memory impairment. It includes a plurality of active substances, including nicotine alkaloids, beta-sitosterol, withanolides, coumarin, and chlorogenic acid. Withanolides are pharmacologically active compounds that occur naturally in the root of the plant. They exhibit sedative, anti-cancer, cytotoxic and lowering blood pressure properties.
Ashwagandha has a beneficial effect on the hormonal profile:
Withanolides from the extract of Ashwagandhy are structurally very similar to the endogenous hormones, including testosterone, estrogen, androstenedione and DHEA – thanks to that they are active in the endocrine system.
One of the scientific experiments showed that supplementation with 5 g of powdered root of Ashwagandha for 6 months, resulted in an increase in a testosterone level of 114-140% in men with fertility problems.
Other research work demonstrated an increased testosterone level in the range of 10-22%, and the reduction of catabolic cortisol (a stress hormone) by an average of 48%, which also gives an extremely positive effect, because (as it is known) the ratio of cortisol and testosterone is responsible for the aesthetic, muscular silhouette, and physical strength.
Subsequent studies confirm the positive effect of Ashwagandha root on the hormonal system by:
- increase of the level of testosterone and DHEA
- absolute decline in a cortisol levela (a lot of researches confirm that)
- counteracting adrenal disease, ie. Cushing's syndrome
- suppressing the symptoms of chronic stress
- activation of anabolic processes in bone tissue, preventing osteoporosis
Ashwagandha improves mood
Ashwagandha is widely appreciated primarily for its ability to improve mood, anti-stress, anxiolytics, and antidepressants properties, improving adaptation to the environment, increasing self-confidence, extroversion and openness to new experiences.
It owes its properties thatnk to the ability to sensitize serotonin (5-HT), whereby the same amount of serotonin, by binding to a specific receptor, is more powerful and works more efficiently, ie. increases the frequency of nerve impulses on serotonergic pathways.
Ashwagandha supports the endurance ability and work on the silhouette:
So far, there were several scientific experiments on the impact of supplementation with Ashwagandha on exercising parameters and aesthetics profiles in athletes and ordinary people.
Administration of 500 mg of extract of Ashwagandha for 8 weeks resulted in a 7,6% improvement in muscle strength, and a 6,6% increase in aerobic capacity in physically inactive young people of both sexes.
Another experiment on 18 young volunteers (18-30 years old) after 30 days of supplementation resulted in an increase in muscle strength by 6%, increase muscle mass by 1,8 kg, with concomitant loss of body fat of 2,3%.
Conclusion: Ashwagandha increases strength and muscle mass, improves aerobic capacity, and helps to reduce excessive body fat.
Other properties Ashwagandha:
- reduces the level of blood glucose, has anti-diabetes properties
- partially restores the loss of pigments in the hair, and prevents graying
- stimulates the activity of the thyroid gland, preventing hypothyroidism
- stimulates the immune system, ie. enhances the phagocytic activity of macrophages
- improves blood parameters (increases the level of hemoglobin)
- regulates lipid profile (lower cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL and raises HDL)
Therapeutic uses of Ashwagandha:
- insomnia, falling asleep difficulties, interrupted sleep
- disorders of memory and association
- states of anxiety-depression, neurosis, excessive stress, migraine
- difficulties in adapting to the environment, shyness to people, being antisocial
Swanson Ashwagandha KSM-66 is a dietary supplement recommended especially to people living in constant stress, overworked, tired, having a trouble with sleeping, and well-being. Due to its pro-health properties, it is used to support the cardiovascular and immune system, and to improve the thyroid gland, lipid profile and blood parameters. It is especially recommended to athletes, because it improves strength and endurance parameters, and supports the work on the aesthetics of the silhouette.
Ashwagandha has calming properties, therefore it is recommended to use it in the evening. In case of the substances of adaptogenic character, it recommended to change the product every 2 months to a different one and also it is inadvisable to combine the preparation with other sedative drugs.
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|KSM-66® ashwagandha Extract (made with certified organic ashwagandha) (Withania somnifera) (root)||250 mg||-|
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