Ashwagandha - Extract
Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing. It has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions and is most well-known for its restorative benefits. In Sanskrit Ashwagandha means “the smell of a horse,” indicating that the herb imparts the vigour and strength of a stallion.
Ancient Purity present the Ayurvedic Master Herb Extract of Ashwagandha. This powerful Herb is frequently referred to as “Indian ginseng” because of its rejuvenating properties, even though botanically, Ginseng and Ashwagandha are unrelated. Belonging to the same family as the tomato, Ashwagandha is a plump shrub with oval leaves and yellow flowers. It bears red fruit about the size of a raisin. The herb is native to the dry regions of India, Northern Africa, and the Middle East, and today is also grown in more mild climates, including the United States. We have gone to its indigenous home of India to have a high quality Extract that unleashes the potential of this ancient herbal supplement.
Ashwagandha has been considered a rejuvenating health herb for over 3,000 years in India, according to Steven Foster and Rebecca Johnson, authors of "National Geographic Desk Reference to Nature's Medicine." Ashwagandha increases energy while also strengthening the nervous system. According to the Tillotson Institute, the root is used to strengthen the immune system, support the adrenal glands and nourish the thyroid glands. It helps to support memory and cognition as well. In Africa, the herb is traditionally used for relieving inflammation and fevers, according to the University of Michigan. In the years to come more and more will be understood about Ashwaganda, so why wait around for science to catch up with herbalists and Ayurvedic Masters when you can tap into its Ancient Magic today.
Ashwagandha Extract 10:1
- Clean, Safe, Effective.
- May help reduce stress related Hair-loss.
- Helps with daily energy improvement.
- Supports healthy eating with fewer cravings.
- More relaxed and able to unwind.
- Renewed sexual energy Potential.
- Feel rested after sleeping better.
- Sharper, more productive.
- Can assist Brain-cell rejuvenation.
- Immunity Boosting.
Natural, Clean, Safe, Effective Extract of Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha... Peace over Stress
Indian researchers conducted a small-scale clinical study to determine whether daily supplementation with Ashwagandha could help fight stress-related hypertension. A study group of 51 stress-oriented hypertensive patients were then divided into two roughly equal groups. One group received 2g of Ashwagandha Root Powder daily with milk, and the other got the same amount of Ashwagandha with water. Blood pressure readings were taken daily over a 3 month period. Both groups showed significant decreases in diastolic blood pressure, and those receiving Ashwagandha with milk also showed some decline in systolic blood pressure. Publishing their results in a 2012 issue of “Studies on Ethno-Medicine,” researchers recommended treating stress-oriented hypertension with a supplement of Ashwagandha with milk. Many of those concerns are linked to your adrenals, those workhorse endocrine glands located above your kidneys. When you feel stressed your adrenal glands release cortisol, the body’s “stress hormone”. Our adrenal glands also release cortisol when blood sugar level drops too low, another perceived threat to our well-being. While cortisol is important for your body’s functions, high levels of cortisol can create an imbalance in your hormones and brain neurotransmitters, possibly leading to poor sleep, nervous disorders, and moodiness. Impact your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, immune function and Increase fat storage (around your mid-centre).
Your adrenals perform other jobs, too. They regulate many bodily functions, including metabolism, and they release hormones essential for your physical, mental and emotional well-being. The good news is there is a good chance that Ashwagandha may help your body adapt and help protect against these negative effects of stress and cortisol. Ashwagandha Powder is maybe best known for its ability to reduce stress. Scientists have reported that it blocked the stress pathway in the brains of rats by regulating chemical signaling in the nervous system. Also, a number of controlled human studies have revealed that it can decrease symptoms in persons with stress and nervous disorders. In a 60-day study in 64 people with chronic stress, those in the group that supplemented with Ashwagandha reported a 69% reduction in nervous stress and sleeping disorders, on average, compared with 11% in the placebo group. In another six-week study, 88% of persons who were given Ashwagandha reported a reduction in nervous stress disorder, compared with 50% of those who were given a placebo.
Relax into Good Feelings with this Ayurvedic Herb
Fertility in Men… Ashwagandha Powder Extract may have powerful effects on testosterone levels and reproductive health. In one study in 75 infertile men, the group treated with Ashwagandha showed increased sperm count and motility. What’s more, the treatment led to a significant increase in testosterone levels. The researchers also reported that the group who took the herb had increased antioxidant levels in their blood. In another study, men who received Ashwagandha for stress experienced higher antioxidant levels and better sperm quality. After three months of treatment, 14 per cent of the men’s partners had become pregnant.
Might increase strength and muscle mass… Studies have revealed that Ashwagandha Powder may improve body composition and increase strength. In a study to determine a safe and effective dosage for Ashwagandha, healthy males who took 750–1,250 mg of pulverised Ashwagandha root per day gained muscle strength after 30 days. In another study, those who took Ashwagandha had significantly greater gains in muscle strength and size. It also more than doubled their reductions in body fat percentage, compared with the placebo group.
Part of the Ancient Purity Hair Re-Store / Loss Prevention Protocol.
Ashwagandha has been proven to decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol, by up to 30.5%. We know that high-stress levels are one of many reasons for hair loss. Therefore, the lower the stress levels, the higher the chance of healthy hair growth as well as visibly strong and healthy hair. Ashwagandha may not produce any hair benefits alone, perhaps only to help reduce shedding because of the stress relief, when combined with the full protocol you will most-likely receive full effect. If using it alone, follow the instructions set out in the suggested use section of this page.
At Ancient Purity we think the best solutions to increase and keep hair are to use a derma roller followed by the Elk Antler, whilst supplementing with MSM Organic Sulphur, keeping an eye on all your possible nutritional gaps. Have a look in our Hair Health Section to understand more in depth what could work for you. Also for those of you who asked, pictured is the Cosmic Barber in india.
Ashwagandha Keeps Giving
Might lower cholesterol levels and triglycerides… In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, Ashwagandha Powder may help improve heart health by reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Animal studies have found that it significantly decreases levels of these blood fats. One study in rats found that it lowered total cholesterol and triglyceride levels by 53 per cent and nearly 45 per cent, respectively. While controlled human studies have reported less dramatic results, they have observed some impressive improvements in these markers. In a 60-day study in chronically stressed adults, the group taking the highest dosage of standardised Ashwagandha extract experienced a 17 per cent decrease in LDL (bad) cholesterol and an 11 per cent decrease in triglycerides, on average.
May Help to Reduce Inflammation…Several animal studies have shown that Ashwagandha Powder helps fighting inflammatory conditions. Studies in humans have found that it increases the activity of natural killer cells, which are immune cells that fight infection and help you stay healthy. It has also been revealed to decrease markers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein (CRP). This marker is linked to an increased risk of heart health issues. In one controlled study, the group who took 250 mg of Ashwagandha Powder Extract daily had a 36% decrease in CRP, on average, compared with a six per cent decrease in the placebo group.
Ashwagandha Root... Ground into Bioavailable Powder Extract
Brain Cells, Mood & Memory
As you age, your brain's glutathione levels and blood flow decline, increasing the potential for damage to brain cells. Researchers have discovered that Ashwagandha increases an important antioxidant in your body called glutathione. Glutathione is essential for healthy cell development and your body’s detoxification processes. Known as the “master antioxidant”, glutathione is especially needed for cells and tissues that experience lots of wear and tear and come into constant contact with free radicals. As you age, glutathione levels in your brain and blood flow to the central part of your brain (your hippocampus) decline. These two conditions create a “perfect storm” for damage to your brain cells. In a recent rat study, researchers found they could raise levels of glutathione in the rats’ brains by feeding them withanalide – one of the key components of Ashwagandha that we talked about earlier. Because glutathione is a key antioxidant protector that helps guard against the damaging effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS), Ashwagandha with its naturally occurring withanalide may help protect your brain cells. Researchers don’t believe Ashwagandha acts directly on your brain! Instead, they’ve found that the herb boosts a protein in your liver that enters the bloodstream and travels to your brain. There, it may help clear toxic amyloid plaque that accumulates in your brain.
Researchers have observed some important brain-supporting effects with Ashwagandha extract... It helps to slow down the deterioration of brain cells, thus supporting cognitive function, it helps to rebuild nerve and brain cell synapses, it helps to repair brain cell damage. So what’s behind Ashwagandha’s potential for improving memory? Researchers suspect that Ashwagandha's calming properties may be responsible for its potential memory benefits. Stress, anxiety, and poor sleep can all affect normal cognitive function. So by easing them, memory and cognitive function may improve! And because Ashwagandha helps ease mental and emotional stress, it may also help to improve mood.
Ashwagandha... Feel the Peace
Ashwagandha is a complex herb with many phytochemical constituents. In fact, it’s one of the very few herbs in the world with such a broad scope of phytochemicals.
Ashwagandha’s alkaloids and withanolides are two of the most important bioactive constituents.
Ayurvedic experts believe that the potential benefits of the roots come from a synergistic effect of all of the components.
To the right are just a few of the substances found in the roots and present in this powerful extract.
- Alkaloids, including withanine, withananine, and beta-sisterol.
- Steroidal lactones, including withanolides.
- Phytosterols, including stigmasterol and beta-sitosterol.
- Flavonoids, inc saponins, sitoindosides, choline.
- Coumarins, including scopoletin and aesculetin.
- Essential oils, including ipuranol and withaniol.
Getting to the Root of Good Health... Ashwagandha
Antibacterial & Immunity
The increased use of prescription antibiotics seems to be giving rise to a number of antibiotic-resistant pathogens, a phenomenon that has helped to fuel the search for natural alternatives to commercial antibiotics. A team of Indian biochemistry researchers compared the efficacy of ethanol and methanol extracts of Ashwagandha with the effectiveness of commercial antibiotics gentamicin and tetracycline. All were tested for their effectiveness against the following infectious bacterial strains: Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumonia, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Salmonella typhi. Reporting in 2013 on their findings in the “Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research,” researchers said both extracts of Ashwagandha showed strong antibacterial properties, but the methanol extract was the most effective, matching or outperforming the two commercial antibiotics.
Elevated levels of stress can inhibit the immune system’s ability to fight infection. Two researchers at the University of Louisville conducted an animal study to see whether an extract of Ashwagandha by itself and in combination with an extract of maitake could overcome stress-related defects in immune response. Maitake is a type of mushroom, known scientifically as Grifola frondosa. Writing in “North American Journal of Medical Sciences” in 2011, the researchers reported that both Ashwagandha by itself and in combination with Maitake enhanced immune response but that the combination treatment was significantly more effective.
An Ancient Ayurvedic Solution
Ashwagandha... Closing Thoughts
For hundreds of years, people have used the roots and orange-red fruit of Ashwagandha for medicinal purposes. The herb is also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry and often called ‘King of Ayurvedic herbs’. Ashwagandha is a small evergreen shrub. It grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. The root and berry are used to make medicine. Ashwagandha is commonly used fighting stress-related issues. It is also used as an "adaptogen" for many other conditions. Ashwagandha has chemicals that might aid calming the brain, reduce swelling, lower high blood pressure, and boost the immune system.
Practitioners use this herb as a general tonic aiding to boost energy and reduce stress and anxiety. Some health practitioners also claim that the herb might be beneficial for certain severe diseases. There is some evidence to suggest that the herb can have neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation underpins many health conditions, and reducing inflammation can protect the body against a variety of conditions. More research is necessary; to date, promising studies into the health benefits of Ashwagandha have mainly been in animals.
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- Ashwagandha (Extract) 10:1
- Produced to ecological standards, free from agro-chemicals, non-irradiated and GMO-free.
- Take 1 - 2g (up to twice daily) dissolved in water, smoothie, juice and can be added to dishes, such as curries. or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
- Ashwagandha Powder can be added to boiled water and mixed with Turmeric for an Ayurvedic Tea.
- For Hair Health: Take 2-3g daily.
NOTE: Pregnant/ Nursing Women: While Ashwagandha is safe, at high dose it may cause vaginal bleeding, therefore, should be avoided in pregnancy.
Allergie Advice: Consider avoiding if you are sensitive to plants in the night shade or Solanaceae families like tomatoes, potatoes or peppers.
- Brand: Ancient Purity.
- Origin: India.
- Size: 200g (7.05 oz.).
- Container: Kraft Paper Pouch.
- Storage: Keep in a cool dry place, keep out of reach of children.
- Estimated shelf life from purchase: 2 years.
Supporting Scientific Research
- Chandrasekhar K, Kapoor J, & Anishetty S. Indian J Psychol Med, 2012 Jul-Sep; 34 (3): 255-262.
- Dass, Vishnu. "Ayurvedic Herbology-East & West: A Practical Guide to Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine." Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, WI.
- Choudary B., Shetty A., & Langade D. Efficacy of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera [L.] Dunal) in improving cardiorespiratory endurance in healthy athletic adults. Ayu 2015. Jan-Mar; 36(1): 63-68.
- andu JS, Shah B, et al. Effects of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) and Terminalia arjuna (Arjuna) on physical performance and cardiorespiratory endurance in healthy young adults. Int J Ayurveda Res. 2010 Jul-Sep; 1(3): 144-149. Doi: 10.4103/0974-7788:72485
- Winston, David and Maimes, Steven. "Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief," Herbal Therapeutics. Rochester, Vt: 2007.
- Mishra, Lakshmi-Chandra, Betsy B. Singh, and Simon Dagenais. "Scientific basis for the therapeutic use of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha): a review." Alternative Medicine Review4 (2000): 334-346.
- Keßler, C.; Gupta, H. Rasayanas: Ayurvedische Behandlung von altersbedingten Erkrankungen. Z. Komplementärmedizin 2015, 7, 22–25
- Nile, S.H.; Nile, A.; Gansukh, E.; Baskar, V.; Kai, G. Subcritical water extraction of withanosides and withanolides from ashwagandha (Withania somnifera L) and their biological activities. Food Chem. Toxicol. 2019, 132, 110659.
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