Jarrow Formulas Ashwagandha has been used in the Indian tradition of Ayurveda to improve musculoskeletal function and as a tonic to improve overall health. Experimental studies demonstrate that Ashwagandha is an antioxidant that supports joint mobility and resistance to fatigue. Ashwagandha has shown to improve sperm motility as well and that is evident in the response of male actors in the adult entertainment industry who are very enthusiastic about this herb.
KSM-66 Ashwagandha is an extract obtained from roots.
Ashwagandha is used to combat stress, increase energy levels, mental cognition, cardiovascular function, glucose metabolism and weight management. Ashwagandha's efficacy is substantiated by a multi-phase, double-blind, placebo controlled human clinical trial. Ashwagandha really shines as a virility herb in adolescents boys and adult men. Boosting both libido, sexual drive and performance as Ashwagandha is also know as herb to have a very positive effect on sperm production.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Indian ginseng, winter cherry, Ajagandha, Kanaje Hindi and Samm Al Ferakh, is a plant in the Solanaceae or nightshade family. Ashwagandha means "horse's smell" in Sanskrit, probably originating from the odor of it's root, which resembles that of sweaty horse.
The species name somnifera means "sleep-bearing" in Latin, indicating it was considered a sedative, but it has been also used for sexual vitality and as an adaptogen. Some herbalists refer to Ashwagandha as Indian ginseng, since it is used in Ayurvedic medicine in a way similar to how ginseng is used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Anecdotally it is certain male actors who made fame in the adult entertainment industry contribute in the fact that it really does give men an advantage over those not using the herb.
do not see Ashwaghandha as alternative for regular or medicinal hormone replacement therapy (HRT), Ashwagandha is a natural herb that allows individuals to recover from physical stress. Ashwagandha does NOT raise testosterone as claimed by other manufacturers, but can aid in gaining back virility and sexual appetite. For adolescent boys Ashwagandha can help them progress from boy to manhood.
• more flavonoids and polyphenols then generic Ashwagandha
• users report better sleep and more energy
• improves virility in both men and women
• used by many high paid male adult entertainers which require a natural aid to help with ejaculations
KSM-66® is a registered trademark of Ixoreal Biomed Inc.
Withania somnifera is a small, woody shrub native to the Indian subcontinent and can be found growing wild in the Mediterranean region. It is most commonly referred to by its Sanskrit name, ashwagandha, which means “horse’s smell,” but occasionally it is called Indian ginseng. Ashwagandha has a long history of use in Asia for strengthening the constitution of the body.
The major biochemical constituents found in ashwagandha are steroidal alkaloids and steroidal lactones that are collectively called withanolides. The withanolides appear to act as important regulators of hormonal processes in a balancing—adaptogenic—manner. When there is an excess of a certain hormone, the basic theory contends, ashwagandha constituents occupy receptor sites so that the effect of the hormone is muted. However, when the hormone level is low, ashwagandha constituents actually stimulate the receptor to exert a small effect. This can lead to a state-dependent balancing, or adaptive, effect. One area in which this is important is with the stress response.
When a human being encounters a stressful situation, the body automatically triggers the stress response. This involves the release of a number of signaling molecules from the adrenal glands that lie atop the kidneys. Epinephrine (adrenalin) and norepinepherine initiate the “flight-or-flight” response. Glucocorticoids, such as cortisol, alter blood-pressure, blood sugar, digestion, immune function, and even bone growth. Mainly, this concerted response is meant to mobilize resources to increase the chances of survival in the present and to avoid “wasting” energy for housekeeping and repair functions. This is an amazingly adapted survival response, when faced with occasional, stressful situations.
However, if the stress response is constantly activated, the body runs into problems. Constantly elevated blood sugar levels can lead to changes in insulin sensitivity, while decreased housekeeping functions and a diminished immune response are problematic over the long-term. Unfortunately, this is essentially what occurs with chronic stress (CS). And this is why immune suppression, irregularities in glucose homeostasis, elevated blood pressure, and other physiological effects are associated with CS and, particularly, with chronically elevated plasma glucocorticoid levels. Ashwagandha is believed to help modulate the activity of these messengers and temper their message.
In addition, animal studies of ashwangadha extracts have been found to elicit a positive effect on the body’s natural antioxidant defenses. Ashwagandha has been found to support levels of reduced glutathione, superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase, while also providing protection against lipid peroxidation. Depleted antioxidant defenses are another biomarker of extended stress on the body.
Clinically Studied Ashwagandha
Jarrow Formulas’ ashwangadha contains KSM-66® , a high- concentration, full-spectrum ashwagandha extract. Using only the roots of the ashwagandha plant, extracted in an alcohol and harsh-chemical free process, KSM-66 has been clinically shown to ease short-term stress, support normal levels of inflammation, promote a healthy outlook, support cognitive health, and increase physical endurance.
In an animal study of rats exposed to mild, unpredictable footshock, once daily for 21 days, those given ashwagandha (25 and 50 mg/kg) 1 hour before better withstood the experience, and responded with healthier blood sugar and sugar tolerance. They also experienced a normal range of corticosterone, healthy male sexual function, normal cognitive function, balanced immunity and a healthy mood. In a placebo-controlled human study on ashwagandha, participants experienced better mood scores, cortisol levels, serum C-reactive protein, pulse rate and pressure, as well as normal levels of DHEA-S, hemoglobin, mean fasting blood sugar, and lipid profiles, without unwanted effects.
Jarrow Formulas’ Ashwagandha
Recognized for centuries by practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine for its potent adaptogenic qualities, ashwagandha promotes physical and mental health, and augments resistance against diverse environmental factors, revitalizing the body and supporting longevity. Jarrow Formulas’ Ashwagandha contains KSM-66 ® ashwagandha, which has been c linically shown to ease short-term stress, support normal levels of inflammation, promote a healthy outlook, support cognitive health, and increase physical endurance.
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Influence of the moon on our behaviour
For the longest time, people have felt the influence of the (full) moon on their behaviour.
Especially on cloudless nights, many of us feel an urge to go outside and enjoy watching the full moon. Some will even go so far that they will go on a nightly hike or bike ride.
If this urge still persists today, how influential must the moon it have been in the past when we only could rely on light of the sun, moon and fire?
This is why so many people believe how lunar cycles can and do influence many other aspects of our behaviour and health.
The most persistent one is about its influence on menstruation cycles, fertility and even on the gender of babies. It's not too difficult to understand where this belief comes from: after all, a lunar cycle is almost as long as the average menstruation cycle.
However, until recently, scientists haven't been able to confirm most of the claims.
Only a short while ago it was confirmed how indeed, the full moon does have an impact on the length of our sleep. Even those who live in an urbanized environment, feel the effect of the full moon on their sleep cycle, even though it is far less pronounced than for indigenous people living without artificial light.
About time to explore whether the moon cycle really affects other aspects of our health and/or behaviour.
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Exercise and immunity: staying fit at home
When you are used to go to a gym to exercise and are forced to stay at home, it is good to know there are alternatives to gym workouts. Since most of those exercises are shown on short videos with an explanation we will not present much text this time , apart from explaining why exercise is so important for immune system.
How to beat andropause, the condition that ails all elderly malesAndropause is a medical condition, similar to the female menopause, that can affect men between the ages of 40 and 65. Men do not have a clear-cut signpost to mark the transition. In women estrogen drops dramatically at menopause, but testosterone levels in men drop very gradually over many years and decades. The bodily changes in andropause occur very gradually in men and may be accompanied by changes in attitudes and moods, fatigue, a loss of energy, sex drive, stamina, and physical agility.
Andropause may be triggered not only by declines in testosterone, but in the "female" hormone estrogen as well.
There is a growing interest, as well as a booming industry, in the use of testosterone therapy for middle-aged and older men. This interest has led to the definition of a new condition, termed 'andropause' implying that this condition is due to falling levels of testosterone. This trend risks replicating both the rejuvenation fads of a century ago and the recent experience in estrogen therapy for menopause that has been propelled for decades by advocacy substituting for reliable scientific evidence. Is testosterone therapy appropriate for men with symptoms of male menopause? There is no scientific agreement on this topic.
But it stands to reason that hormones should be used only as a last resort since they have serious risks if misused.
Usefulness of herbal medicine in modern timesNatural plant products have been used throughout human history for various purposes. In fact, written records of the use of herbal medicine date back more than 5000 years, and for much of history, herbal medicine was the only medicine.
Today, plants are being used to treat a number of health concerns and conditions, including allergies, arthritis, migraines, fatigue, skin infections, wounds, burns, gastrointestinal issues and even cancer, proving that it’s true that food is medicine. These herbs are less expensive and they’re a safer means of treatment than conventional medications, which is why so many people are choosing to go back to this traditional idea of medicine.
How to reduce stress with ASMROur brain is programmed to stress us. It does that a lot and on just about any subject. Like a lot of behavioral reactions, stress used to be and still is a survival mechanism that our brain used in order to inject alertness when needed. It’s there so we could harness internal resources and spring into action in a matter of seconds when hunted or hunting.
Fortunately for us, we rarely need to spring into action nowadays to avoid a prowling lion. Today, stress is not helpful and is often counter-productive. When stressed, most of us lose focus and are immersed in unpleasant feelings.
In the past, we needed all that “potential energy” when we faced fight or flight situations. It probably saved our lives more than once. Today, this energy still exists in each of us in certain situations; if it is not discharged via some sort of conduit (either physical or of a more neural nature), it slows us down.
That’s why we need to get creative in the way we release stress. We don’t have time to go on a vacation every week; often we even can’t step away from the almighty computer, tablet, or cell phone.
Nootropics, what are they and how do they work?Nootropics is the accepted term for substances that enhance learning and memory function.
Nootropics work in various ways depending on the characteristic of the substance.
Some work by enhancing oxygen transport to the brain, an improved energy turnover in the brain, better neurotransmitter availability, or enhancing the creation of other substances that influence brain activity.
Declutter your life and feel liberated!Have you ever looked around in your house upon coming home with a new purchase, to discover you can't find a suitable spot to put it away? Your new fancy mug can't be put up in the cupboard, because it is chockful of mugs and lovely tea cups already. Your new fancy dress can't be hung in the wardrobe as ther's no space left. Sounds familiar, huh?
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Plasticizers are additives of which phtalates are the most abundant ones (and bisphenol-A or BPA the best known) that are used to increase the flexibility or plasticity of the material to which they are added, normally rigid plastic and as additives in paint and adhesives.
Phtalates are not just found in obvious plastic packaging, building materials and toys, but also in fragrances, cosmetics, shampoo, shaving cream, and other cleaning detergents.
Coping with stressWe live in interesting times where stress is accumulating in almost everyone's life due to the world-wide financial crisis wrecking havoc on both national and personal financial security. Even when that does not affect us, there will be stress due to time management problems while having to balance our private and professional life.
take 2 capsules twice a day with a glass of water or tea, 30 minutes before a meal.
take 1 capsule twice a day with a glass of water or tea, 30 minutes before a meal.
contains per daily serving (1 capsule)
ashwaghandha 300 mg†
- root extract of Withania somnifera with>8% withanolides
† = Recommended Daily Intake not established
active ingredient (Ashwagandha), filler (microcrystalline cellulose, vegetable magnesium stearate), anticoagulant (silicon dioxide), capsule (hydroxypropylmethylcellulose)
store in a cool, dry place
keep out of reach of young children
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)
suitable for vegetarians and vegans