What is Ashwagandha?
The Ashwagandha plant has already been used for a thousand years in the Ayurvedic medicine. Ashwagandha also called Indian Ginseng is seen as the most powerful of alle Ayurvedic spices. With Ashwagandha extracts it is important to use an extract made from the roots of the Withania Somnifera plant, which contains most of the active substances. This extract is standardized to 5% withanolides, which is the most powerful substance in the extract and provides the most benefits.
Why should you use Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is currently very popular due to its extensive benefits. The natural plant extract can be used for both the novice and professional athlete, both men and women. In recent years, a huge amount of research has been done on the benefits of Ashwagandha and the results have been promising. As a result, the supplement has become increasingly known in society, but also in the sports sector. It is said to contain both physical and mental benefits, and we all know that a healthy body and a healthy mind are strongly linked.
What do the studies say
- Ashwagandha has adaptogenic properties.* This means that it supports where your body needs support at that moment. For example, it could support in restoring the blood sugar balance.
- Ashwagandha can support stress. * Research has concluded that Ashwagandha can influence the balance of cortisol levels in our body. For example, it could help with relaxation in case of too much stress. Stress is one of the biggest gain killers out there, it can greatly increase recovery time after a workout.
- Ashwagadha supports testosterone levels.* Some studies have concluded that Ashwagandha may increase testosterone levels in the body. This could be especially true for men who suffer from low testosterone levels. Testosterone is an important hormone for strength athletes and balanced levels are good for health and sports performance.
- Ashwagandha supports muscle growth.* Certain studies have shown that Ashwagandha may contribute to increased muscle growth. Participants who supplemented with Ashwagandha achieved more muscle growth than the control group. Ashwagandha would therefore be an interesting supplement for strength athletes to achieve more results.
Ashwagandha is highly recommended for strength athletes who are looking for support. Research has discovered many more properties of the extract, but we have only summarized the most important ones for strength athletes in this blog. More research needs to be done on Ashwagandha, but so far the results of research and own use seem very positive. We update the page with new research results!
Always consult your doctor before incorporating Ashwagandha into your routine. Supplements are also no substitute for a healthy and varied diet.
*Health claim pending EU approval