Ashwagandha and its unusual properties
Ayurveda is a rich heritage of herbal practices describing the uses of more than 600 plants. Currently, more and more often we pay attention to the valuable properties that are hidden in plant ingredients. The Ayurvedic tradition has an unusual solution for the biological and psychological conditions caused by lifestyle – in its centuries-old history we can find Ashwagandha, or plant adaptogen. Adaptogens are herbs that improve stress responses and help the body adapt by normalizing physiological processes during periods of increased stress. They exert a stress-protecting effect by regulating homeostasis. It all boils down to the conclusion that Ashwagandha can be a great support during periods of mental and nervous tension, contribute to optimal relaxation and emotional balance, and support our vitality.
Ashwagandha recommended during periods of increased physical activity
This plant can be a good choice for physically active people. Currently, the importance of plant ingredients is increasingly emphasized, which is also reflected in scientific publications. For example, the authors of a 2010 paper (Sandhu et al.) concluded that Ashwagandha could be useful for generalized weakness and for improving lower limb muscle speed and strength and neuromuscular coordination. In addition, this plant can help delay the onset of fatigue, and thus extend the time to exhaustion and maintain power for a relatively longer period.
What is the secret of Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha contains several active ingredients that may be responsible for various mechanisms of its action. These include, among others, saponins, flavonoids, alkaloids and withanolides (i.e. steroid lactones, ergostane derivatives). According to a study on the impact of Withania somnifera supplementation on muscle strength and regeneration, its adaptogenic properties increase the possibility of being an effective ergogenic help. This is due to the fact that physical exertion can be seen as a form of stress, and increased physical performance of a person is a response to stress after the use of Ashwagandha (Wankhede et al., 2015). In the conclusions received in this study, it was found that Ashwagandha supplementation is associated with a significant increase in muscle mass and strength, and it was also suggested that its supplementation may be useful in combination with a resistance training program.
It is worth turning to plant support. Simple supplementation – Ashwagandha in the form of capsules.
Ingredients: Ashwagandha root extract (Withania somnifera) [1.5% withanolide] (85.1%); capsule shell (gelatin; dyes – titanium dioxide, iron oxides and hydroxides, patent blue V); anti-caking agent (magnesium salts of fatty acids).
May contain the unintentional presence of derivatives of milk, soy, gluten-containing cereals (wheat), eggs, peanuts and other nuts.
Directions for use:
Take 1 capsule a day, without chewing, with a sufficient amount of liquid, during a meal.
Ashwagandha. The dietary supplement with Ashwagandha root extract contains 666 mg of extract in each capsule. Withania somnifera extract (Ashwagandha) is characterized by antioxidant and adaptogenic properties, supports vital forces and psychophysical condition. The product is recommended for people who train intensively and are particularly exposed to stress. The product should not be consumed when using drugs with sedative, hypnotic, antiepileptic effects, not used in children, pregnant women and during lactation. Comments: Do not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients of the product. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose of the product. A dietary supplement cannot be used as a substitute for a varied diet. A balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are recommended. Storage conditions: Keep out of reach of small children. Store in a dry and cool place. Protect from direct sunlight. After opening, consume within 3 months.