Ashwagandha, known as Indian Ginseng, is a rich source of alkaloids, fatty acids, and steroidal lactones.
For hundreds of years, Ashwagandha has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for its ability to enhance the body’s resilience to stress. In recent years, modern research has confirmed its benefits.
Studies have shown that when stressed adults were given ashwagandha root, their levels of the stress hormone cortisol reduced by 30%. Chronic elevated cortisol levels (i.e., chronic stress) cause the body to enter a state of constant muscle breakdown and suppressed immune function, increasing risk of injury while reducing muscle.
Several studies have explored ashwagandha’s use among athletes, where its shown improvements to cardio endurance, muscle strength, and recovery.