Ashwagandha

The Effects, Benefits And Risks Of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha can be found in a number of testosterone boosting products, its correct name is Withania Somnifera, but can also be called Indian Ginseng, Smell Of Horse, Winter Cherry, Dunal and Solanaceae

ashwagandhaA popular herb in Ayurveda (Indian) medicine, it is believed to have neuro-protection, anti cancer and anti anxiety properties, it is also believed to boost virility.

The name Ashwagandha literally means ‘The Smell of Horses’ which is both due to the smell of the root extract ( resembling a horse), also the belief that it gives you the virility and the strength of a horse.

Its common uses include

The treatment of 

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Diabetes
  • Inflammation
  • Certain Cancers

Safe and Recommended Doses

The normal source of the extract is taken from the root…The lowest effective dose has been determined to be 300-500mg per day.. if taken once a day, its recommended to be taken at breakfast.

Studies of Ashwagandha

There have been numerous studies that look at the various effects of ashwaghanda3Ashwagandha:

Anxiety – it has showed to have notable effects in the reduction of anxiety and stress

Sperm Quality – It has shown some minor improvements in the increasing of sperm quality

Luteinizing Hormone – an increase in LH has been shown after Ashwagandha supplementation

Cholesterol – Total Cholesterol has been shown to reduce by around 10%

Depression – Studies have shown positive anti depressive effects

Seminal Motility – There has been minor increases recorded after supplemention with Ashwagandha

Fatigue – studies have indicated an ability to reduce fatigue

DHEA – A slight increase in DHEA has been shown after supplementation

Ashwagandha As A Testosterone Booster

There is variable evidence to suggest that Ashwagandha has any real testosterone boosting properties in healthy men…. in studies, it has however shown a slight increase in infertile men..

One study saw men given 5g of Ashwagandha powder for 6 months, the results showed minor increases in testosterone –

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Another study carried out on men who were split into three groups ( smokers, stressed and none) they were given the same dose of Ashwagandha daily for 3 months… The only group who showed any real increase in testosterone were the group who were initially stressed –

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Studies involving Rats did show a slight overall increase in testosterone.

These and other studies have suggested that Ashwagandha can help regulate normal testosterone levels in infertile men, but these do not ( at best) exceed baseline levels.

Reported Issues

There have been some (quite rare) reports of burning and itching of the penis mucous membrane along with reddening and discolouration of the penis head after taking 5g of Ashwagandha for 10 days as a treatment for libido..

Conclusion

Ashwagandha does have some health benefits, especially when used for the treatment of stress and fatigue, since we wrote this original article, there is also increasing clinical evidence becoming available that help support its claimed ability to influence testosterone… we are just a bit concerned about that nasty (although supposedly rare) side effect

More Studies Are Required….

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