Stress and anxiety are emotional responses with general symptoms such as insomnia, irritability, and fatigue, that can heavily impact a sufferer’s quality of life. Ashwagandha is an Adaptogenic herb that helps modulate the release of stress hormones to bolster the body’s resistance towards stress and improve overall mood.
Several studies suggest that KSM-66® Ashwagandha is an effective adaptogen that safely lowers stress in individuals.
Raised levels of the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol can increase cravings and cause weight gain. Studies suggest that ashwagandha’s adaptogenic qualities help lower cortisol levels, thereby reducing overeating associated with prolonged stress and supporting a healthy weight.
Elevated cortisol levels can inhibit the body’s ability to build muscle. Studies suggest that Ashwagandha’s capacity to lower cortisol could help increase muscle mass and strength in healthy adults.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb traditionally used to help in combating stress. Studies have shown that Ashwagandha extract effectively improves an individual's resistance towards stress and thereby improves self-assessed quality of life.
Athletic performance and endurance are often measured by VO2 max which refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that our body ‘uses up’ during exercise.
Several studies suggest that supplementing with ashwagandha may improve VO2 max in athletic and non-athletic individuals.
Whilst recent studies support the use of Ashwagandha in athletic performance and recovery , one study also shows it is beneficial in improving cardiorespiratory performance and physical performance through an increase of oxygen consumption during peak intense exercise.
Improving memory function and cognition is a primary focus in today's consumer behaviour, recent research shows that Ashwagandha may be effective in enhancing both immediate and general memory in people with MCI as well as improving executive function, attention, and information processing speed.
Insomnia is a common symptom of chronic stress and can have a damaging effect on the individual's mental and physical health.
Studies have shown that ashwagandha extract may improve sleep quality and sleep onset latency in patients with insomnia.
Ashwagandha recent clinical studies have shown its positive effects on sexual function and wellness in men and women. It has been shown to increase in testosterone levels, sperm motility and sperm count in men as well as an improvement in sexual function and arousal in healthy women.
New research has emerged showing the potential for Ashwagandha to have positive effects on the thyroid. Though the research is still in its infancy, two clinical trials have shown an improvement in thyroid markers after taking Ashwagandha extract.