Ashwagandha Extract Powder
Product name: Ashwagandha Extract Powder
Botanical Name: Withania somnifera
Specification: 2.5 %
Test method: HPLC
Appearance: Brown color hygroscopic powder
Ashwagandha Extract powder has been called the king of Ayurvedic herbs. Typically used as an anxiolytic and an adaptogen, it may also provide neuroprotection and enhance athletic performance.
Primary Information, Benefits, Effects, and Important Facts
Ashwagandha Extract powder (Withania somnifera) is an herb used in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. Its root has a horsey smell (in Sanskrit, ashva means “horse” and gandha means “smell”) and is said to confer the strength and virility of a horse.
It is an adaptogen (a substance that helps the body adapt to stressors). It is best known for its anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties: it can lower cortisol levels and may mitigate stress-induced insomnia, depression, and immunosuppression. It can also reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), improve physical performance in both sedentary people and athletes, and maybe help treat Alzheimer's disease, though more human evidence is needed before supplementation can be recommended specifically for Alzheimer’s.
More research is also needed to determine ashwagandha’s main mechanism of action.
Ashwagandha Extract powder is traditionally recommended for cancer patients, but although it has shown anti-cancer activity in cultured cancer cells and certain animal models, there is no human evidence that it can treat cancer. It may, however, reduce chemotherapy-induced immunosuppression, and by reducing stress and fatigue, it can ease the pain of chemotherapy. In other words, ashwagandha should not be used for cancer treatment, but it may help as adjuvant therapy.
Things To Know & Note
Is a Form Of
Also Known As
Withania Somnifera, Indian Ginseng, Smell of Horse, Winter Cherry, Dunal,Solanaceae
Goes Well With
Terminalia Arjuna for physical performance (additive)
Nrf2/ARE inducers (curcumin or silymarin from Milk thistle) forinducing HO-1 activity and antioxidant effects
ERK/p38 inhibitors (chemotherapeutic effects)
Notch2/4 inhibitors (chemotherapeutic effects)
SSRI drugs (for reducing obsession)
GABAergic anxiolytics (including alcohol)
How to Take Ashwagandha
Recommended dosage, active amounts, other details
Take 300–500 mg of a root extract with meals (with breakfast, if taken all at once). More research is needed to determine if higher doses can yield greater benefits. Lower doses (50–100 mg) have been shown to help in some instances, such as reducing stress-induced immunosuppression and enhancing the effect of other anxiolytic agents.