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Ashwagandha 101: What Is It & Where to Buy Ashwagandha Supplements in SG?

In this article, we will be explaining what ashwagandha is, why it's been touted as "Indian ginseng" and its prevalence in ancient medicine dating back to AD 6000, the general health benefits of ashwagandha and how taking ashwagandha can help guys in both the gym and the bedroom.

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What Is Ashwagandha?

Commonly found in Africa and Asia, ashwagandha is a small evergreen shrub with yellow flowers. Ashwagandha is often referred to as "Indian Ginseng", with extracts and powders derived from its roots or leaves being used to treat various ailments. Ashwagandha's anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and adaptogen (the ability to help the body adapt and manage stress) properties have been attributed to its high levels of withanolides. Use of ashwagandha as a form of medicine can be dated back to AD 6000 and is one of the most important herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine.

‍General Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

1. Reduce Stress And Anxiety

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Perhaps the best known use of ashwagandha is to reduce stress and anxiety.

When you (and your body) experience stress, the adrenal glands release a hormone called cortisol into the bloodstream. Cortisol can increase your blood pressure and heart rate. When levels of cortisol are elevated, it could potentially lead to a compromised immune system, weight gain and high blood sugar levels.

Studies have shown that ashwagandha can reduce levels of cortisol. In a study done in 2008, researchers found that when chronically stressed adults took ashwagandha supplements, they saw a significant reduction of cortisol.

In another study, after a 6-week trial, 88% of the test subjects who took ashwagandha supplements reported they experienced a reduction in anxiety.

2. Reduce Symptoms Of Depression

While further research is required, there have been a few studies that have suggested that taking ashwagandha supplements can help reduce the symptoms of depression.

In a study conducted in 2012, 64 adults took part in a 60-day trial in which they took 600mg of ashwagandha extract every day. At the conclusion of the study, 69% of the test group reported that they experienced a reduction in depression.  

Ashwagandha Benefits for Men

1. Ashwagandha and Testosterone

Ashwagandha supplements have been shown to boost testosterone levels.

In a study published in 2010, researchers found that men who took 5g of ashwagandha everyday experienced a significant increase in testosterone levels. They attributed this increase to ashwagandha's ability to reduce cortisol levels. By doing so, ashwagandha effectively shifted the body's hormone production to anabolic hormones (which include testosterone and DHEA).

2. Ashwagandha and Sperm Count / Motility

Ashwagandha has long been used as a way to improve fertility and sexual performance for both men and women.

In the same study published in 2010,  researchers found that men who took Ashwagandha supplements every day saw an increase in both sperm count and motility. In another study, it was reported that men who took ashwagandha to reduce stress experienced an increase in antioxidant levels and increase in sperm quality. After 3 months of ashwagandha treatment, it was reported that 14% of the men's partners had gotten pregnant.

3. Ashwagandha and Muscle Growth / Athletic Performance

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Ashwagandha has been shown to increase both strength and muscle mass in men, while also reducing body fat.

In a study conducted in 2015, men who took ashwagandha daily were reported to have increased their muscle strength and mass significantly. These men also saw their body fat percentage reduce by twofold compared to men who did not take ashwagandha.

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Potential Side Effects of Ashwagandha

Taking small quantities of ashwagandha is unlikely to cause any side effects but larger doses can potentially cause vomiting, diarrhea or an upset stomach. Ashwagandha can also cause you to be sleepy or drowsy.

Ashwagandha can interact with medications used to treat diabetes, low or high blood pressure, thyroid conditions or autoimmune disorders. Ashwagandha can also potentially affect your recovery from surgery, trigger auto-immune disorders or irritate stomach ulcers.

If you are taking any other medication or have any pre-existing health issues, it is important that you consult your doctor before taking ashwagandha supplements.

Difference between Ashwagandha and KSM-66 Ashwagandha

KSM-66 ashwagandha is an extract licensed by Ixoreal Biomed which has the highest concentration of all major root only extracts available on the market today. It is produced without using alcohol or any other chemical solvent.

Studies have shown that KSM-66 ashwagandha can enhance the sexual performance in men, while also reducing stress, anxiety and cortisol levels. KSM-66 ashwagandha has also been clinically proven to improve memory and cognitive function.

Specifically for high intensity workouts like cycling, KSM-66 ashwagandha can help improve endurance, muscle strength, muscle mass and muscle recovery rate. In an 8-week trial, men administered 300 mg of this medicinal herb twice daily. The outcome of that trial saw that men who received KSM-66 ashwagandha saw significant increases to their muscle strength, muscle size and testosterone levels compared to the control group. Men who received KSM-66 ashwagandha also experienced significantly less exercise-induced muscle damage and had a lower body fat percentage.  

Noah has exclusive access to distribute KSM66 in Singapore.

Where To Buy Ashwagandha In Singapore

When buying ashwagandha supplements in Singapore, it is important to consider where and how the supplement has been manufactured to determine its quality and potency. Knowing where the Ashwagandha was manufactured will also help you determine whether it contains any harmful ingredients and contaminants.

Noah has exclusive access to distribute KSM66 ashwagandha, an extract licensed by Ixoreal Biomed which has the highest concentration of all major root only extracts available on the market today. It is produced without using alcohol or any other chemical solvent.

Noah formulated Vigour, their proprietary blend male supplement, to help men continue to live a confident, healthy life. Vigour blends 5 active ingredients including world's best KSM-66® Ashwagandha organic full spectrum root extract, Maca root extract, Magnesium, Vitamin D3 and Zinc to improve different areas of male virility.

Ashwagandha FAQ

1. Dosage: Is Ashwagandha Safe To Take Daily?

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Taking Ashwagandha daily is generally considered safe when you take doses between the ranges for 250mg to 500mg. It is possible that you might experience side effects like vomiting, diarrhea or an upset stomach.

2. Is Taking Ashwagandha Dangerous?

While ashwagandha is generally safe for consumption, you might experience some side effects while taking it especially if you are currently taking any other medication or have pre-existing health issues.

Ashwagandha can interact with medications used to treat diabetes, low or high blood pressure, thyroid conditions or autoimmune disorders. Ashwagandha can also potentially affect your recovery from surgery, trigger auto-immune disorders or irritate stomach ulcers.

3. How Fast Does Ashwagandha Work?

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When used in tandem with a healthy active lifestyle, you could reap the health  benefits of ashwagandha within 2 weeks. Probably the biggest determining factor on how fast ashwagandha begins to work for you will depend on the quality and concentration of your ashwagandha supplement.

Noah has exclusive access to distribute KSM66 ashwagandha, an extract licensed by Ixoreal Biomed which has the highest concentration of all major root only extracts available on the market today. It is produced without using alcohol or any other chemical solvent.

Noah has formulated Vigour, their proprietary blend male supplement, to help men continue to live a confident, healthy life. Vigour blends 5 active ingredients including world's best KSM-66® Ashwagandha organic full spectrum root extract, Maca root extract, Magnesium, Vitamin D3 and Zinc to improve different areas of male virility.

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Last updated
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