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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – itis a plant used in traditional Eastern medicine; called Indian ginseng due to its adaptogenic properties, ie. increasing the body's resistance to stress factors. In ayurveda it is regarded as a cure for rheumatism, exhaustion, sexual impotence and memory impairment. It includes a plurality of active substances, including nicotine alkaloids, beta-sitosterol, withanolides, coumarin, and chlorogenic acid.
Withanolides are pharmacologically active compounds that occur naturally in the root of the plant. They exhibit sedative, anti-cancer, cytotoxic and lowering blood pressure properties.
Ashwagandha improves mood
Ashwagandha is widely appreciated primarily for its ability to improve mood, anti-stress, anxiolytics, and antidepressants properties, improving adaptation to the environment, increasing self-confidence, extroversion and openness to new experiences.
It owes its properties thatnk to the ability to sensitize serotonin (5-HT), whereby the same amount of serotonin, by binding to a specific receptor, is more powerful and works more efficiently, ie. increases the frequency of nerve impulses on serotonergic pathways.
Properties of Ashwagandha:
- stimulates the immune system, ie. enhances the phagocytic activity of macrophages
- raises the level of nitric oxide (NO), increasing its concentration in the body
- promotes the activity of cytotoxic T lymphocytes
- improves blood parameters (increases the level of hemoglobin)
- regulates a lipid profile (lowers cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL and raises HDL)
- reduces the level of blood glucose, acts przeciwcukrzycowo
- supports the bone structure by reducing calcium loss
- partially restores the loss of pigments in the hair, and prevents graying
- stimulates the activity of the thyroid gland, preventing hypothyroidism
Applications of Ashwagandha:
- disorders of memory and association
- states of anxiety-depression, neurosis, excessive stress, migraine
- difficulties in adapting to the environment, shyness to people, being antisocial
- insomnia, difficulty falling asleep, interrupted sleep
- diabetes, insulin resistance, disorders of glucose-insulin
- atherosclerosis, hypertension, coronary heart disease
- sports supplementation
Olimp Gold Ashwagandha is a dietary supplement containing the most appreciated extract of Ashwagandha KSM-66, which is obtained in the process according to the principles of 'Green chemistry'. It has a beneficial effect on the body's energy economy and build resistance to stress factors.
For stress reduction and mood improvement, the product is best used with the first meal. Using it in the evening, on the other hand, can improve the quality of sleep. There are no contraindications for using it every day at both times of day.
Olimp is a Polish company offering dietary supplements and supplements for athletes that are made of carefully selected and safe for health ingredients. Among the products of this brand are protein supplements, amino acid supplements, pre-workout supplements and creatine. The company also allows the purchase of supplements inducing a strong muscle pump by raising significantly the level of nitric oxide in the blood and supplements restoring acid-alkine balance. Also noteworthy are supplements helping to reduce body fat, regulating metabolism and improving of the hair, skin and nails.
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Ashwagandha (Wythania somnifera / Indian ginseng) - a plant of the nightshade family, used in Oriental medicine as a means of adding vitality, improves the psychophysical condition. It is used as an aphrodisiac. The root of the plant is a rich source of bioactive compounds (phytosterols, glycosides, withanolides etc.). The sports supplementation, herbal preparations, a positive effect on the nervous system (reduces stress, and accelerates the adaptation to changing conditions psychophysical), hematopoietic and immune systems. It has a decisive influence on the process of synthesis of nitrogen oxides and the level of certain hormones, including testosterone (e.g. improving sexual functions).
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a component of the complex herbal supplements (as well as sets of adaptogens) increase the level of the male sex hormone (testosterone), supporting the sexual function of the body, supporting regeneration and having a calming effect.
Dosage: 300-600 mg of extract per day.
Withanolides - biologically active compounds belonging to the group of steroid lactones, occurring in some green plants. In supplementation they are perceived mainly as active substances of Withania somnifera, commonly called Ashwagandha. The percentage content of withanolides in Ashwagandha extracts is considered the indicator of the product’s quality - the higher the content, the more effective the supplement. In non-standardized extracts, the content of withanolides is estimated for 1% of dry muscle mass of Withania somnifera leaves.
Being the main active substances of Ashwagandha, withanolides are responsible for the majority of effects of its application. Regular supplementation with Withania somnifera extracts demonstrates adaptogen effect. It increases the organism’s tolerance to stress factors, holistically promoting the functions of the organism. It may decrease cortisol level in case of its excessively high concentrations, promote cognitive abilities and facilitate concentration. Supplementation with Ashwagandha also supports maintaining proper daily rhythm and is conducive to falling in a deep sleep.
Some sources also indicate that supplementation with Withania somnifera extracts positively influences the level of testosterone in the organism. Current research results indicate, however, that this effects of supplementation may be achieved only in people with initially excessively low secretion of the male sex hormone.
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