View the full infographic to learn how supplement use for women continues to grow and the benefits from ashwagandha root to support health through all life stages.
According to a consumer survey conducted by the Council for Responsible Nutrition, 79% of U.S. women are regularly using nutritional supplements. Across all life stages, hormone balance, sexual vitality, and stress factors are closely tied. Modern clinical science, validating traditional wisdom, is helping us understand why ashwagandha, one of the great Rasāyana herbs within Ayurveda, is able to support health and balance for women across all life stages.
Health problems can occur when prolonged stress causes a sustained release of cortisol. Chronic stress can:
Ashwagandha: an adaptogenic plant known to help people adapt to various stressors. One 2015 study using KSM-66 ashwagandha showed marked results in both objective and subjective measures of stress. Researchers found:
STRESS REDUCTION- homeostasis when it comes to multiple areas REDUCTION of women’s health
Studies support the ingredient’s role in battling the effect of stress
Women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to have thyroid problems, with 1 in 8 developing a thyroid disorder in her lifetime. One double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study using KSM-66 ashwagandha showed that 600 mg of ashwagandha daily for eight weeks yielded significant benefits for thyroid health. Subjects demonstrated:
Another study showed aWomenusingdietarysupplesments1 ashwagandha has a stronger effect than anti-hypothyroidism drugs in animal models:
• Researchers said the ingredient improved thyroid function by ameliorating thyroid hormones and preventing oxidative stress
Increases Libido—One randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study using KSM-66 ashwagandha found that 600 mg ashwagandha daily can:
• Significantly improve sexual arousal, lubrication, quality of orgasm and overall satisfaction
• Produce a 75% increase in Female Sexual Function Index scores
• Increase the number of successful sexual encounters by 126.1%
Researchers paired ashwagandha with ashokarishta, an Ayurvedic formulation that includes ashoka bark and a host of other medicinal plants, and praval pishti (or coral calcium powder), and found the combined treatment resulted in “significant” improvements in both somatic and psychological complaints in women with mild to moderate symptoms of menopausal syndrome.
Researchers running a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial using KSM-66 ashwagandha found that supplementation with 300 mg two times daily can yield both subjective and objective reductions in stress and weight. Subjects reported:
Studies have found ashwagandha can improve memory when measured in a variety of standardized tests. Researchers reported that supplementation enhanced both immediate and general memory, and improved executive function, a higher-order cognitive process that facilitates the coordination, selection and execution of willful action.
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