The scientific term “ Withania somnifera “ known commonly as ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, or winter cherry, is a plant in the Solanaceae or nightshade family. Several other species in the genus Withania are morphologically similar. Although commonly used as a medicinal herb in Ayurvedic medicine, there is no conclusive clinical evidence that it is effective for treating any ailment. The name Ashwagandha is from the Sanskrit language and is a combination of the word ashva, meaning horse, and gandha, meaning smell—the root has a strong aroma that is described as “horse-like.
This is by far has to be one of my favorite inputs KSM66 or Ashwaganda; it’s one of the most power adaptogens you could possibly come across the ultimate cortisol suppressant
Cortisol is a steroid hormone—one of the glucocorticoids; made in the cortex of the adrenal glands and then released into the blood—which transports it all round the body. Almost every cell in the body contains receptors for cortisol and then cortisol can have lots of different specific roles depending on which sort of cells the cortisol is acting upon. These effects include controlling the body’s blood sugar levels and subsuquently regulating the metabolism—by acting as an anti-inflammatory; influencing neuroplacity controlling the equilibrium between salt and water—acting upon blood pressure and helping development of the fetuses; In many other species cortisol is also responsible for triggering the processes involved in giving birth.
Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder or (ADHD). Some clinical research shows that a combination herbal product containing ashwagandha may improve attention and impulse control in children with ADHD. The effect of ashwagandha alone is unclear; however if used with a stack using GABA and L-Theanine there could be some results.
Bipolar disorder Taking a specific ashwagandha extract (Sensoril, Natreon, Inc., New Bruswick, New Jersey) for eight weeks might improve brain function in people being treated for bipolar disorder A brain condition called cerebellar ataxia this is so much better than lithium microdosing. Preliminary research shows that ashwagandha in combination with an alternative form of medicine known as Ayurvedic therapy might improve balance in people with cerebellar ataxia Fatigue in people treated for cancer (chemotherapy). Early research suggests taking a specific ashwagandha extract 2,000mg during chemotherapy treatment might reduce feelings of tiredness.
Diabetes There is some evidence that ashwagandha might reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes stacked with an omega-3. High cholesterol There is some evidence that ashwagandha might reduce cholesterol levels when used with MCT oil or L-Arginine supplement. As to Male infertility some preliminary clinical evidence suggests that ashwagandha might improve sperm quality, but not sperm count, in infertile men. It is not known if taking ashwagandha can actually improve fertility—also playing a role and boosting the testosterone levels in men usually in conjunction with the supplement called “ Fenugeek “
Osteoarthritis Early research shows that ashwagandha taken along with a trace mineral complex, shark cartilage, turmeric—and a rich EPA source might improve arthritis symptoms. The impact of ashwagandha alone is unclear. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Early research shows that ashwagandha root extract might reduce symptoms of OCD when taken with prescribed medications for six weeks better than taking the prescribed medication alone. Parkinson’s disease preliminary research suggests that a combination of herbs including ashwagandha improves Parkinson’s symptoms—if stacked with Ginko and Red Panay Ginseng there could be to slow the symptoms of Parkinson though the effect of ashwagandha alone in Parkinson’s is unknown.
Rheumatoid arthritis early research shows that ashwagandha extract taken for three weeks followed by four weeks of Sidh Makardhwaj (a mixture of gold, mercury, and sulfur) slightly improves symptoms in some people with RA. The impact of ashwagandha alone in RA is unclear—-if stacked with Tumeric there could be a potential.
Perhaps my favorite feature of KSM66 is the ability to enhance your psycho-dexterity—this makes it practical for soccer players and wrestlers alike.
KSM-66 won “Best Botanical” at the 2013 Natural Products Expo West/Engredea trade show in Anaheim, CA.
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