A plant traditionally used in homeopathic medicine in India and Africa to treat a wide range of ailments relating to;
The name itself is derived from Sanskrit and literally means ‘horse’ (ashva) ‘smell’ (gandha). Due to it’s revered nature in Indian medicine and the fact it’s used so widely, it has been the subject of a great deal of clinical testing since the 1980s.
These studies did not refute the anecdotal homeopathic effects of ashwagangha. Indeed the sheer number and diversity of the benefits demonstrated by clinical studies on animals and humans is pretty spectacular. Amongst other benefits, it was show to;
You can see a list of all of these, and links to the appropriate studies, here
So… not really that much of a surprise that it’s been used as one of the principal medicinal herbs in the traditional Indian system of medecine (Ayurveda) for thousands of years.
The million dollar question though is ‘is it going to boost my testosterone?’. It might do all these things but is it worth adding to a test boosting supplement, or taking on it’s own?
Well typically the answer isn’t quite as clear cut as might be hoped. The answer is ‘Yes’ if you are either;
There have been clinical studies done on Ashwagandha where the research demonstrated beneficial effects on the testosterone levels of infertile men and, in a separate study, stressed men.
So if you are in one of those categories then you might well benefit from a supplement that contains Ashwagandha. It may have additional benefits too if you are in one of these groups, as previously pointed out the herb will help with stress directly.
If you are fit, fertile and looking at your test levels in order to help you build muscle then it is not likely to be terribly useful to you. If you are older, have low test and are looking for a good natural substance to help with your test and some of the other symptoms of ageing then it might be a very good idea to supplement with.
We can conclude that this is herbal extract has much to commend it. It has been demonstrated to provide a great many health benefits – however the clinical proof about it’s testosterone boosting powers isn’t terribly convincing.
It is likely to benefit older men with low testosterone or fertility problems rather than younger muscle builders. It’s also not really even earned it’s place as a headline ingredient in a combined test booster. Personally we like Ashwagandha but would recommend it be taken on it’s own as supplement for general health and well being.