Ashwagandha extract 5% | Withania somnifera

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Ashwagandha is a widely recognized herb known as “the Indian ginseng”. Just like its Chinese and Korean equivalents, it has a positive impact on almost every bodily function. It helps to cope with stress and relieves nervous tension. It also enhances mood, sleep comfort and cognitive functions. In addition to that, ashwagandha improves physical stamina and sexual performance.

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Ashwagandha extract 5% | Withania somnifera

Properties: Withania somnifera, also known as ashwagandha or winter cherry, is one of the herbs used in Ayurveda – traditional Indian medicine. It’s classified as an adaptogen, meaning that it has a positive impact on the whole body. Now, let’s take a closer look at its wide range of properties.

Clinical trials have revealed that by supplementing Ashwagandha we can cope with stress more effectively. Participants of the studies reported better mood and lower levels of anxiety. W. somnifera is traditionally used as a tonicity agent. It also helps to fall asleep quickly. Those effects were confirmed by the actual decrease in the stress marker level in a group of people who supplemented Ashwagandha. Studies have also determined that W. somnifera affects mental alertness and has neuroprotective features. Due to its properties, Ashwagandha protects the brain from harmful factors and supports neuronal proliferation. That way, it helps to maintain good memory and clarity of thoughts.

Ashwagandha wouldn’t be on the list of adaptogens if its positive effects were restricted only to the central nervous system. Scientists from many different countries conduct studies in order to examine the positive effect of this herb on different areas of life and different parts of the body. For example, it has been proven that W. somnifera extract improves physical endurance and helps to lose excess weight. It increases natural production of testosterone, so the libido is also higher in both sexes after its administration. In men, ashwagandha additionally improves sperm quality. Its immunostimulating properties are widely studied. Active compounds that can be found in this herb stimulate immune cell proliferation (lymphocytes B and T, as well as NK cells). Ashwagandha considerably strengthens defense against all microbes attacking our organism. W. somnifera by itself limits the development of a few harmful microorganisms. These are not all the positive effects that Ashwagandha supplementation can bring. However, the arguments mentioned above are sufficient to confirm the thesis that W. somnifera is “the Indian ginseng”.

Occurrence: Withania somnifera is a plant from the nightshade family (Solanaceae), growing around 1,5 tall. Red or dark orange fruit in the form of berry enclosed in gently connate sepals is the trademark of this plant. It comes from India where it is commonly cultivated. W. somnifera also grows in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan as well as Bangladesh.

In traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda) Ashwagandha has been used for more than 3000 years as a medicine recommended for those who feel weak, who suffer from insomnia caused by chronic stress, or simply those who want to improve their intellectual proficiency. It also has a regenerative impact on the whole body.

Biochemistry: Withanolides are the main compounds responsible for W. somnifera’s beneficial properties. From the chemical point of view, they are the derivatives of a steroidal lactone – withaferin A. Apart from withanolides, the above-ground part of this plant contains phenolic acids (like chlorogenic acid), while glycowithanolides (withanosides and sitoindosides), nicotinic alkaloids (like anaferon), phytosterols and coumarin can be found in the root. Additionally, Ashwagandha is a rich source of iron.

Fun fact: The common name for Withania somnifera – Ashwagandha – literally means “the smell of a horse”. It refers to the characteristic smell of this plant’s fresh root. What is more, that name expresses the idea that Ashwagandha can increase sexual vitality. The root of W. somnifera is also referred to as “the Indian ginseng” because it has similar application in Ayurveda medicine as Panax ginseng in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

How does Ashwagandha extract 5% | Withania somnifera work?

Improves stress resilience: Ashwagandha is an adaptogen – a herb that enhances the body’s resistance to unfavorable environmental conditions. These unfavorable conditions are, for example, stimuli that cause stress. GABA activity is the natural defense mechanism against stress factors. This neurotransmitter reduces unnecessary nerve impulses, thus does not allow the body to be excessively agitated. Severe and long-lasting stress sometimes leads to insufficient GABA activity. As a consequence, huge amounts of cortisol can be secreted. Note that cortisol is responsible for most adverse stress effects. Ashwagandha consists of active compounds which imitate  GABA activity. They interact with GABA receptors in the central nervous system and improve stress resistance. Clinical trials confirmed that W. somnifera effectively improves mood, decreases anxiety and makes it easier to deal with difficult situations. The effect of Ashwagandha’s activity is a lower cortisol level, which can be measured.

Supports the nervous system: Scientific studies revealed that W. somnifera supports cognitive functions. It increases acetylcholine activity, which is important because this neurotransmitter is responsible for memory and concentration. Withanolide A, an active substance found in Ashwagandha, inhibits the activity of enzymes that break down acetylcholine. Because of that, acetylcholine molecules can stay in the synapse for a longer period of time and can act on specific receptors. What is more, ashwagandha acts neuroprotectively. Active compounds contained in Ashwagandha stimulate natural antioxidative activity of the body thus improving free radicals neutralization. Furthermore, they potentiate neurogenesis – the process of generating new nerve cells. All of these effects caused by W. somnifera help our brain to function and regenerate more efficiently.

Improves physical stamina: As an adaptogen, Ashwagandha influences both our mind and the body. Scientific research helped to determine that Ashwagandha supplementation can improve overall stamina. This might be the effect of an increased testosterone level. This “manhood hormone” is a natural anabolic that stimulates muscle gain. Clinical trials have shown that W. somnifera, especially combined with resistance training, allows to reduce excessive body fat and boosts muscle strength.

Supports the immune system: It has been proven that W. somnifera supports natural defense of the body. Lymphocytes B and T proliferation is stimulated by ashwagandha’s active compounds. Lymphocytes belong to the immune system. They engage in the response against pathogens like bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. Ashwagandha inhibits the growth of some disease-inducing pathogens and helps to fight the infection. W. somnifera increases levels of NK cells responsible for eliminating abnormal cells in the organism. What is more, Ashwagandha exerts an anti-inflammatory effect, so it prevents the excessive inflammation in the body.

Ashwagandha extract 5% | Withania somnifera product specification

 

TYPE OF PRODUCT:
  • powdered raw ingredient
STANDARDIZATION:
  • extract from the root of Withania somnifera (5% withanolides)
MEASURING:
  • steel measuring tool 0.60 ml ~ 400 mg
PACKAGING:
  • airtight ALU-PET bag
INTENDED USE:
  • nutrition, neuroregulation, herbal medicine
LEGAL STATUS:
  • ingredient admitted to trading in the EU and the US

How to use Ashwagandha extract 5% | Withania somnifera?

 

RECOMMENDED SERVING:
  • 300 – 600 mg
SERVINGS PER DAY:
  • 1 – 3
BEST ABSORPTION:
  • with food
WHEN TO USE:
  • during the day
OPTIMAL CYCLE DURATION:
  • 6 weeks of using – 2 weeks of break

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