by Tony Gjokaj July 22, 2020 3 min read

When we continued to explore the field of holistic nutrition and supplementation, we found various benefits in the realm of adaptogens. These herbs have been used for thousands of years for various health issues and challenges. Today, we have stronger scientific research that explores these herbs and their various benefits in their entirety.

As we continue to explore more herbal and adaptogenic supplements, we wanted to get into the "king" of them all: ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is an herbal supplement that not only improves mental health but also improves the physical as well. This makes it a very powerful herb to have in your arsenal.

In this post, we are going to explore ashwagandha, it's various benefits, and how to use it to maximize its benefits.

Let's dive in!

About Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha (AKA Withania Somnifera) is an ayurvedic healing herb that has been used for thousands of years. It's been used to help with fatigue, memory enhancement, strength building, and more. The herb has a pungent "horse-stable" smell, which is why it's named ashwagandha (Sanskrit for "horse-smell").

It is classified as an adaptogen because it increases the body's ability to fight stress, and can also help in stress-induced situations. When used over time, it has similar capabilities to that of an antioxidant.

Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is the most beneficial and versatile of adaptogens. The following are the most notable benefits when it comes to ashwagandha:

  • Reduces anxiety and depression. According to one double-blind study, ashwagandha helped reduce anxiety and depression.
  • Reduces fatigue. Fatigue is reduced as a result of ashwagandha's anti-anxiety effects.
  • Reduces cortisol. Ashwagandha has notable benefits in reducing mental stress.
  • Anti-Inflammatory. Ashwagandha helps improve the immune system by increasing the activity of infection-fighting cells.
  • And many more.

In addition to these benefits, ashwagandha has some benefits when it comes to nutrition, exercise, and wellbeing as well.

Ashwagandha and Exercise Performance

According to one study, ashwagandha significantly improved the performance of their bench press by 44lbs, compared to a placebo group. In another study, ashwagandha was shown to improve velocity, power, and VO2 max in adults.

With exercise performance, ashwagandha is incredible. In fact, we are surprised that not many performance athletes talk about the benefits of Ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha and Insulin

According to one study, ashwagandha has been shown to improve insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity in muscle cells. This means that our cells are more responsive to insulin, benefitting our blood sugar levels, and our overall health.

Ashwagandha and Heart Health

Ashwagandha has some excellent benefits for heart health as well. According to one study, ashwagandha reduces bad cholesterol, helps the production of good cholesterol, and helps immune system health.

Ashwagandha and Fertility

Ashwagandha has shown promise in both men and women in regards to fertility. For men, one study showed improvements in seminal quality and motility. For women, one study showed that ashwagandha helped improve sexual function.

Using Ashwagandha

Recall that ashwagandha is an adaptogen, meaning that it must be taken consistently for benefits.

Here is what we recommend when taking ashwagandha:

  • Supplement with 300-500mg of ashwagandha daily.
  • Take ashwagandha with a meal.
  • Take ashwagandha consistently for weeks for the best effects.

Horse Power

Ashwagandha has a plethora of benefits, making it a very versatile supplement.

Here is a quick rundown of ashwagandha's benefits:

  • Ashwagandha has the ability to reduce anxiety, stress, and cortisol levels.
  • It can improve power, strength, and speed in exercise.
  • Ashwagandha has been shown to improve work performance.
  • It has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol, helps produce good cholesterol, and helps with immune health.
  • Ashwagandha is a strong herbal supplement for fertility.
  • It is used as an anti-inflammatory and improves insulin secretion.

Spark

As we mentioned in our post about Bacopa, we have formulated our favorite adaptogens into our Cognitive Igniter, Spark. Spark is our herbal adaptogenic nootropic that contains 300mg of ashwagandha. Take it every morning to truly spark your day.

You can get yours here.

Ashwagandha is a powerhouse of a herb, consisting of many benefits from health, fitness, strength, immune health, fertility, and more. We hope this has helped you realize the power of the "King of Ayurvedic Herbs".

Thanks for reading Reforged Legion!

Until next time, warriors!

Tony Gjokaj
Tony Gjokaj

Tony is the Owner of Reforged Performance Nutrition. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help bridge the gap between physical & mental health through fitness.



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