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Additionally, we publish all of the medical research that went into our supplement formulations right on each product page. See the Medical Research section at the bottom of this page to view the 12 research papers that went into our Ashwagandha Extract formulation. These publications prove the safety & efficacy of our product.
Our first batch of ashwagandha didn't pass third-party testing for potency so we're not selling it. This product will be back in stock as soon as the next batch clears testing.
What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha (withania somnifera) is an anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) herb used for centuries in Eastern traditions. Recently, research studies have suggested that ashwagandha extract can reduce anxiety. This herb is an adaptogen; a category of natural compounds that help the body deal with stress.
There have been several research papers published in the last ten years indicating a secondary benefit of ashwagandha usage -- male reproductive support. The root extract has been found in these studies to increase testosterone levels and improve semen profiles. These effects are specific to men; there are no risks to women. Ashwagandha is more popular with women for the stress benefits.
In those with sleep issues, ashwagandha may exert a beneficial indirect effect by lowering stress/cortisol levels.
All of the research studies we analyzed when formulating this product are found in the Medical Research section below. The studies demonstrate the safety and efficacy of ashwagandha extract.
All Illuminate Labs herbal extracts are sourced from a variety of different countries based on seasonality and purity of raw materials.
Medical Research on Ashwagandha (Efficacy & Safety):
“The treatment group that was given the high-concentration full-spectrum Ashwagandha root extract exhibited a significant reduction (P<0.0001) in scores on all the stress-assessment scales on Day 60, relative to the placebo group. The serum cortisol levels were substantially reduced (P=0.0006) in the Ashwagandha group, relative to the placebo group.” See full study here.
“The results of this study suggest that Ashwagandha root extract reduces psychological and physiological markers of stress, improves mental well-being, and reduces serum cortisol level and food cravings and improves eating behaviors.” See full study here.
“All five studies concluded that [ashwagandha] intervention resulted in greater score improvements (significantly in most cases) than placebo in outcomes on anxiety or stress scales.” See full study here.
“Essentially, this study demonstrated a trend for the anxiolytic superiority of [ashwagandha extract] over placebo at week 2, and a statistically significant superiority at week 6...Thus, ashwagandha appeared to have several of the advantages but none of the disadvantages of the conventional anxiolytic drugs such as the benzodiazepines, the tricyclic antidepressants, and buspirone.” See full study here.
“Results revealed significantly greater reductions in stress outcomes from [ashwagandha], corresponding with significant decreases in salivary cortisol (a stress/anxiety biomarker).” See full study here.
"...the differential activation of GABA receptor subtypes elucidates a potential mechanism by which [ashwagandha extract] accomplishes its reported adaptogenic properties." See full study here.
“This study provides scientific validation to the anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic properties of ASH-WEX, which may serve as an effective dietary supplement for management of SD induced stress and associated functional impairments.” See full study here.
“The most consistent positive finding of the present study was that decreased fertility in males was ameliorated by Ashwagandha root extract as evidenced by an increase in sperm concentration, ejaculate volume, and motile sperm count and an increase in the serum levels of testosterone.” See full study here.
“Over the eight weeks, there was a significant increase in testosterone level in the ashwagandha treatment group relative to the placebo group.” See full study here.
“The use of roots of W. somnifera for 3 months showed meaningful effects on semen profiles...Withania somnifera also showed marked improvement in sperm concentration and motility in normozoospermic but infertile patients.” See full study here.
“Reports of major side effects of Ashwagandha are relatively scarce making it an attractive agent for cancer chemoprevention in humans. To assess acute toxicity, Wistar rats were administered a very large dose of 2000 mg/kg WS root extract for 14 days where no mortality or signs of toxicity were observed.” See full study here.
“An important consideration when investigating the medicinal properties of an unknown compound is diligent evaluation of its potential for harmful effects, usually evaluated through toxicity studies. For WS, no systematic study was found which included acute, sub-acute, sub-chronic or chronic toxicity of WS root powder, whole plant powder, or different extracts of the plant (e.g., water, alcohol, petroleum ether, purified alkaloids, and glycosides).” See full study here.