Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an adaptogenic herb that has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It is known for its ability to help the body adapt to stress and promote overall health and wellness. One of the most popular ways to supplement with ashwagandha is through standardized extracts, which are concentrated forms of the herb that contain its active compounds.
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Ashwamedha extract is a specific type of ashwagandha extract that is standardized to contain 7.5% withanolides, which are the primary active compounds in the herb. Withanolides have been shown to have a wide range of health benefits, including reducing inflammation, improving cognitive function, and supporting the immune system. 

Clinical studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of ashwagandha extract, and specifically ashwamedha extract, for a variety of health concerns. For example:

  • In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 130 participants with chronic stress, those who took ashwagandha extract (600 mg/day) for 60 days had significantly reduced stress and anxiety levels compared to the placebo group (Chandrasekhar et al., 2012).
  • In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 50 participants with moderate-to-severe anxiety, those who took ashwagandha extract (300 mg twice daily) for 8 weeks had significantly reduced anxiety levels compared to the placebo group (Cooley et al., 2009).
  • In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 60 participants with mild cognitive impairment, those who took ashwagandha extract (300 mg twice daily) for 8 weeks had significantly improved cognitive function compared to the placebo group (Choudhary et al., 2017).

Overall, the clinical evidence suggests that ashwamedha extract taken at a 7.5% concentration is an effective and safe way to supplement with ashwagandha for a variety of health concerns. It is important to note that individual results may vary and that it is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen.

References:

  1. Chandrasekhar, K., Kapoor, J., & Anishetty, S. (2012). A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, 34(3), 255–262.
  2. Cooley, K., Szczurko, O., Perri, D., Mills, E. J., Bernhardt, B., Zhou, Q., & Seely, D. (2009). Naturopathic care for anxiety: A randomized controlled trial ISRCTN78958974. PLoS ONE, 4(8), e6628.
  3. Choudhary, D., Bhattacharyya, S., & Bose, S. (2017). Efficacy and safety of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root extract in improving memory and cognitive functions. Journal of Dietary Supplements, 14(6), 599–612.