- Supports improved energy levels and sexual vitality.
- Standardized formulation to ensure high potency.
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Acts as a powerful antioxidant.
- May contribute to better moods and mental capacity.
Ashwagandha is an exotic Indian herb. Although this herb has a long history of medicinal use in India, it is not so well known in western cultures. It is often referred to as "Indian ginseng."
The chief active nutrients of Ashwagandha are called withanolides. Many of the scientific studies have focused on these key components. The quality of a Ashwagandha supplement is dependent on the manufacturer testing of withanolides levels and insuring that the raw ingredients contain a minimum amount. When choosing an Ashwagandha supplement, you will want to make sure that the ingredients are "standardized" to contain a minimum of amount of these nutrients. Vitabase Ashwagandha is standardized to provide a minimum of 4.5% of these nutrients.
In addition, Vitabase Aswagandha is manufactured according to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and tested to exceed the stringent specifications set forth by the FDA. Our ingredients are tested throughout the manufacturing process for the presence of unwanted microbes or contamination. We start with the best raw ingredients, and follow rigorous manufacturing procedures to insure that the product is the highest quality.
Much of the research and studies on Ashwagandha has focused on its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. A recent study conducted in 2006, examined the effects of Ashwagandha on people with severe anxiety. In this test, a group of participants were given naturopathic care involving standardized ashwagandha, a regular multivitamin, and dietary/exercise counseling. Another group was given was given psychotherapy and placebo (fake herbs). In this study, 75 participants were followed for at least 8 weeks. The results found that both groups of participants improved, but the participants given the naturopathic care with ashwagandha actually saw their symptoms improve much more significantly. Besides the improvements in anxiety, there were also significant differences between the groups in mental health, concentration, fatigue, social functioning, vitality and quality of life. An abstract of this study is available at this link.
Other research has shown that ashwagandha is powerful antioxidant, which is effectively able to reduce oxidative stress created by stressful situations. Oxidative stress has been linked to premature aging. In another major study, researchers examined the effects of ashwagandha on the stress hormone cortisol levels, and other negative effects of stress. The participants in this study reported many benefits including increased energy, less fatigue, and better sleep.
Besides helping with stress and anxiety, a lot of research on this herb has been focused on its effects on the nervous system. The results of several studies indicate that that ashwagandha may help boost healthy brain cell function, and benefit damaged cells. The Institute of Natural Medicine at the Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University in Japan has conducted extensive research on the benefits of ashwagandha on brain health. Their findings have demonstrated that ashwagandha holds tremendous promise for its effects on brain health, and might be useful for those with chronically neurodegenerative conditions.