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
A 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.
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Its Common Uses Include
The treatment of
- 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 Ashwagandha:
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 –
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 –
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.
There have been some (I must stress 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..
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 – although that was caused with high doses.
More Studies Are Required….
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR –
I am 58 years old, I currently live in London. I have one married daughter aged 33
I have always had a passion for fitness, In my younger days I was a keen swimmer and competed at county level both at home and abroad. I am also a keen squash and tennis player and have always been a keen gym goer.
I have a CPD accreditation in Sports Nutrition and am a published author with my articles featuring in some popular publications.
Over the past 12 years I have studied the effects of testosterone both in the younger man and as we get older, the effects of low or reduced testosterone and how increasing its production can really improve your health.
On a personal level, a number of years ago, I was diagnosed with Low-T myself, and my own in-depth research has helped me to redress my own health concerns.