Today I’ll show you one of the ancient medicinal herbs Ashwagandha and explain why it is beneficial for physically active people.
What is Ashwagandha?
It’s botanical name is Withania somnifera it’s cultivated in dry regions of India ”Indian ginseng” and also found in Nepal, China, and Yemen, It has been used for over 3,000 years to relieve stress, increase energy levels and improve concentration. Extracts or powder from the plant’s root or leaves is used to treat a variety of conditions. However, you can get whole roots and prepare your self as tea or powder. There is a long list benefits of using Ashwagandha, some of them are here:
- reduces blood sugar levels
- it has anti-cancer properties
- it can reduce cholesterol levels
- help reduce stress and anxiety
- It can boost testosterone and increase fertility in men
- Ashwagandha may increase muscle mass and strength
- it may improve brain function, including memory
I want to focus today on muscle mass and strength increase. In the experiment lead by S. Wankhede (here) in the group of 57 people subject to ashwagandha root extract supplementation twice a day, noticed significantly greater increases in muscle strength on the bench-press exercise and leg-extension exercise, greater muscle mass increase, and quicker post-exercise regeneration, also a boost in testosterone levels..
I’m personally very convinced with natural supplements and supplement my diet with well known ginseng, which I will present in one of my next post from the ”diet and supplementation” series, also I will be in touch with my local Chinese ”magician’ this week. I intend to find a source for original Ashwagandha roots. I shall post on my facebook with further info on price and where to purchase it from.
I will share this information on my blog and facebook page.
For the next time