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Ashwagandha is a traditional Ayurvedic medicine and adaptogenic herb extracted from the plant Withania Somnifera. Originally native to the dry regions of India, northern Africa, and the Middle East with a history of use that dates as far back as 3,000 years, the Withania Somnifera plant is now also grown in milder climates including the United States. The Ashwagandha plant is noted for its oval leaves, yellow flowers and raisin-shaped fruit that are red in color. The name Ashwagandha is a combination of the two words Ashva (meaning horse) and Ghanda (meaning smell) and is a reference to a fresh Ashwagandha root's strong "horse-like" smell. The name is also a lesser reference to the traditional belief that Ashwagandha may give its user the strength or virility of a horse. Ashwagandha is also sometimes referred to as 'Indian Ginseng' or Wintercherry, is often touted as the 'King of Ayurveda' and has quickly become one of the most popular natural nootropic supplements available.
Ashwagandha is usually classified as an Adaptogen, which are herbs or vitamins that are able to reduce the biochemical effects of a perceived stress; and as a Rasayana, which is a term used to refer to the highest class of Ayurvedic herbs. Traditional Ashwagandha uses have included as an analgesia, astringent, adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, immuno-stimulant and cardioprotective dietary supplement. The Ashwagandha root or root extract are commonly used in extracts, although the fruits of the Ashwagandha plant (otherwise known as the Winter Cherries) also have potential therapeutic benefits.
Uses and Benefits of Ashwagandha may include:
There are a number of potential Ashwagandha benefits that have been supported by both human and animal research including the following:
Ashwagandha for Stress Relief and Sleep: Multiple controlled human studies including a 2012 study (1), as well as additional animal studies, have concluded that a high-concentration full-spectrum Ashwagandha extract may promote healthy stress levels. Additionally, in another 60 day study (2) featuring 64 participants with reported daily stress indicated a 69% reduction in stress and improved sleep in those taking an Ashwagandha supplement compared to that of 11% in the placebo group.
Ashwagandha as a Natural Nootropic: Ashwagandha extract may support brain health and memory function. In one controlled human study (3), researchers found that participants who were given a 500mg Ashwagandha dosage reported significant improvements in reaction time and task performance. Additional animal studies have suggested that Ashwagandha extract may reduce memory or brain function issues.
Ashwagandha for Weight Loss and Body Composition: In one human study (4), men who took Ashwagandha extract for 30 days reported gaining muscle mass and losing body fat. An additional human study (5) conducted in 2015 found comparable results - including double the reduction in body fat percentage compared to that of the placebo group.
Ashwagandha as an Antioxidant Supplement: Research has suggested that Ashwagandha's antioxidant properties may protects nerve cells from harmful free radicals. In a study (6) conducted in 2009, men who were given an Ashwagandha supplement experienced higher antioxidant levels (as well as better sperm quality).
Ayurvedic medicine believes that the nutrients we consume daily are converted into the energy and information that form our cells, tissues and organs. An Ashwagandha supplement is thought to help provide its user the proper balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that our bodies need. More specifically, it is believed that Ashwagandha balances Vata (that which governs all movement in the mind and body) and Kapha (that which governs all structure and lubrication in the mind and body). Vata and Kapha are two of three Doshes or Ayurvedic principles.
As a dietary supplement, take 500mg of Ashwagandha Extract once daily.
Nootropics Depot offers 125g or 250g jars of Ashwagandha Extract Powder (Whole Plant Extract, 4-5% Withanolides). Nootropics Depot's Ashwagandha Extract has been lab-tested and verified for both product purity and identity.
To gain more insight, read the Ashwagandha reviews and experiences below.
Also known as: Withania somnifera, Indian ginseng, padalsingh (rajasthan), or winter cherry
Attention: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It has not been approved, nor have these statements been evaluated, by the FDA.
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Firstly, the sensoril product had a great impact on sleep. It worked very well but was sedating, whereas the KSM product made me calmer and notably reduced my anxiety. However, this product not only tastes off, like it was extracted with synthetic chemicals but it also puts me in a weird head space. It did nothing except make me irritable and foggy. The two other products are fabulous, this one not so much. powwoe on 13th Oct 2017
This stuff smells & tastes horribly synthetic, reminiscent of a nail salon just on opening the jar. As a new customer here & having read some rave reviews of ND, I really wanted to love this product. I have been utilizing ashwagandha daily from a local supplier for a year or so now, & I adore it; however, this product is simply not palatable and clearly will not work as a replacement for my local source as I move & travel :( I'm genuinely unclear if it's fit for consumption. If it bears any of ashwagandha's typical earthy sweetness under the harsh scent & flavor of something like turpentine, then it is not readily apparent in this product. Off scent alone, body signals scream "poison! No thanks!" Not sure if it's an issue with how it's extracted, the source, or what because the other 3 products I ordered from ND (satisfactorily) bear none of this hallmark signature. The other reviews being so positive (and dated) makes me wonder if the supplier has not changed since then. Thaïs on 18th Sep 2017
I bought this about a year ago. Mainly for anxiety and mild depression. If you take at least the minimum dose it has relaxing properties to it and anti anxiety properties also. If you read other information from other sites about it you can go much higher than the minimum dose. I have a digital scale that I measured out on and I usually take around 700 mg. I also put about 270 mg of L theanine in it too couple of hours before bedtime. 200 mg of theanine doesn't do that much for me so that's why I add extra. It doesn't sedate me that bad but is a noticeable subtle relaxation. I also take it for the other health benefits that it offers which is a lot. After taking it for a while during the daytime my stress levels seem less. Nothing major but definitely noticeable. I just ordered the KSM 66 Version so maybe I'll put a review on that later on. Just some advice. I would start off at a really low dose to test how your stomach reacts to it. The first couple times I did it irritated my stomach but I've built up to it and now I can take a much higher dose with no issues. Nate on 3rd May 2016
I think it has done awesome things for my hair which was starting to thin out and look unhealthy. Also I feel calmer generally. Unknown on 2nd Nov 2015
This was pretty good for anxiety and overall mood.
Packaging was nice, as always. It has a strong flavor, but if you chase it quickly it won't bother you.
Shipping was on-point as well as the customer service. Unknown on 15th Jul 2015