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!
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.
Ashwagandha is the most beneficial and versatile of adaptogens. The following are the most notable benefits when it comes to ashwagandha:
In addition to these benefits, ashwagandha has some benefits when it comes to nutrition, exercise, and wellbeing as well.
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.
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 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 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.
Recall that ashwagandha is an adaptogen, meaning that it must be taken consistently for benefits.
Here is what we recommend when taking ashwagandha:
Ashwagandha has a plethora of benefits, making it a very versatile supplement.
Here is a quick rundown of ashwagandha's benefits:
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.
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 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.
by Tony Gjokaj October 10, 2021 2 min read
When I first started working out, it was because I was depressed and overweight.
I wanted more out of my life, so I started with the intention to lose weight.
At first, it was very difficult for me to get into the gym because I would always think about the pain it would be, and hated that I didn't see immediate results.
I did, however, feel the results.
My mood got better, I was able to sleep better, and I made better eating choices.
I didn't follow a diet, I just focused on eating more fruits, vegetables, and leaner proteins like chicken.
It took me a few months, but the results became more visible.
Then I was hooked.
by Tony Gjokaj October 04, 2021 1 min read
Today I wanted to introduce you to the Reforge Yourself 30 Day Mental Health Habit Challenge (A mouthful)!
In this challenge, you will complete 5 small tasks per day which essentially help you build some habits that will improve your health.
Rise to a greater potential.
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