Ashwagandha, scientifically known as Withania somnifera, is a plant native to India and North Africa. It has been used for over 3,000 years in Ayurvedic medicine, one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. The plant’s roots and berries are utilised to produce a variety of medicinal concoctions.
The term ‘Ashwagandha’ translates to ‘smell of the horse’ in Sanskrit, referring to its unique smell and the belief that consuming it would confer the strength and vitality of a horse. Today, Ashwagandha is a key ingredient in many nutritional supplements due to its numerous health benefits.
Scientific Makeup of Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is a rich source of withanolides, naturally occurring steroidal lactones that are the primary active compounds of the plant. These withanolides are believed to contribute to Ashwagandha’s adaptogenic properties, helping the body manage stress.
Additionally, it contains other beneficial compounds such as alkaloids, choline, fatty acids, amino acids, and a variety of sugars.
Benefits of Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is renowned for its wide range of health benefits. It’s primarily known for its adaptogenic properties, helping the body manage and adapt to stress by regulating physiological processes. A study published in the Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine highlighted its anxiety-reducing effects.
Furthermore, it may enhance brain function, memory, reaction times, and the ability to perform tasks. Its antioxidant properties help protect nerve cells from harmful free radicals. In combination with Turmeric, another potent antioxidant, it can provide comprehensive neuroprotection.
Ashwagandha also supports physical performance. It has been found to improve cardiorespiratory endurance in athletes, and when used in conjunction with resistance training, it can enhance strength and muscle mass. It’s often paired with Creatine in sports supplements for this reason.
Lastly, it may contribute to heart health by reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and it’s believed to have anti-cancer properties, though more research is needed in this area.
Safety and Dosages of Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is generally safe for most people when consumed appropriately. However, it may interact with certain medications, and it’s not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
The typical recommended dosage of Ashwagandha extract is 450–500 mg once or twice daily. As with any supplement, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare provider before starting a regimen.
KSM-66 Ashwagandha, developed by Ixoreal, is a full-spectrum extract that maintains the balance of the various constituents found in the original herb. This is crucial as the efficacy of Ashwagandha is believed to be derived from a complex blend of active constituents, all of which need to be present in their natural proportions.
Achieving a high concentration full-spectrum extract is technologically challenging, yet Ixoreal’s 14 years of dedicated R&D has led to the creation of KSM-66, the highest concentration full-spectrum extract available today. Produced using a unique proprietary extraction process based on ‘Green Chemistry’ principles, KSM-66 is free from chemical solvents.
Here at Supplement Factory we can help you introduce a KSM-66 Ashwagandha supplement into your product line, contact us to learn more.
Forms of Consumption and Supplement Manufacturing
Ashwagandha is available in various forms, including capsules, and powders, each offering unique advantages. Capsules are often favoured for their convenience and precise dosage, while powders can be mixed into drinks or food.
We also offer a range of supplement delivery methods, from traditional capsules and tablets to innovative formats like gummies and liquid gels. Our commitment to quality ensures that the final product is not only effective but also meets the highest standards of safety and compliance.
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