Ashwagandha extract review use for sleep anxiety relaxation and for children, what is the right dosage to take and what time of day should you take it, use by children
February 11 2016

Ashwagandha root extract contains flavonoids and many active ingredients of the withanolide class. Several studies over the past few years have indicated that ashwagandha extract has anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-stress, antioxidant, mind-boosting, immune-enhancing, and rejuvenating properties. Historically ashwagandha has also been noted to have aphrodisiac properties.

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Ashwagandha extract is used as a general tonic and "adaptogen", helping the body adapt to stress.

Supplement Facts:
Ashwagandha extract 500 mg with 2.5% withanolides, suitable for vegetarians.
Suggested Use: As an herbal dietary supplement, take one ashwagandha extract capsule a few times a week for relaxation and general sense of wellbeing.

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Q. I came across an ashwagandha  product that states 1.5% 4.5mg extract at 300mg. Yours is simpler to understand and not forgetting the nice price but what does the other mean?
   A. Ashwagandha herb is available as a regular powder and in various extract potencies. We have come across at least a dozen different extract potencies for this herb with different strengths and different standardization and withanolide percentages. There are no accepted guidelines regarding whether it is preferable to take the whole herb or an extract. If an extract, which is the best form? There are no clear answers to this. The best way to find out is for a consumer to try 2 or 3 different ashwagandha products in varying dosages to see which one works best for them. One person may like a particular product, another person may like another.

Ashwagandha benefits and which medical conditions to use this herb, review of benefits and clinical trials

Brain function
Ashwagandha is used in India to treat mental deficits in geriatric patients, including amnesia. Researchers from the University of Leipzig in Germany, wanted to find out which neurotransmitters were influenced by ashwagandha. After injecting some of the chemicals in ashwagandha into rats, they later examined slices of their brain and found an increase in acetylcholine receptor activity.The researchers say, "The drug-induced increase in acetylcholine receptor capacity might partly explain the cognition-enhancing and memory-improving effects of extracts from Withania somnifera observed in animals and humans."
   A 2002 laboratory study indicates ashwagandha extract stimulates the growth of axons and dendrites. A 2001 study in rodents showed ashwagandha extract had memory boosting ability. A 2000 study with rodents showed ashwagandha to have anti-anxiety and anti-depression effects.

Aphrodisiac Properties of ashwagandha extract, an Ayurvedic herb
Ashwagandha is historically used as a sex enhancer. Laboratory studies show it can produce nitric oxide which is known to dilate blood vessels.

Can butea be taken with ashwagandha pills?
   If the dosages are low, yes.

Which is more potent, ashwagandha or yohimbe bark in terms of their aphrodisiac effects, or could it be damiana or horny goat weed?
   Yohimbe is more potent.

Ashwagandha and children, use by a child
Parents may give it to children as long as it is used at most three times a week and the dosage is a third or half of the adult dose.

Q. Is ashwagandha supplement pill appropriate for children with anxiety, age 10?
   A. If the child's doctor approves, a third of a capsule of the product listed above is worth a try. The capsule can be easily opened by pulling on the ends and mixing the content with an ounce or two of juice.

Cancer prevention or treatment
Extract studies
Growth inhibition of human tumor cell lines by withanolides from Withania somnifera leaves.
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA. Life Sci. 2003.
Ayurvedic medicines prepared in India consist of ashwagandha as one of the main ingredients. Ashwagandha is consumed as a dietary supplement around the world. The leaves of ashwagandha were used in the treatment of tumors and inflammation in several Asian countries. We have isolated twelve withanolides from the leaves of this species. Compounds were tested for their anti-proliferative activity on NCI-H460 (Lung), HCT-116 (Colon), SF-268 (Central Nervous System; CNS and MCF-7 (Breast) human tumor cell lines. Withaferin A and its derivatives exhibited inhibitory effects, so did viscosalactone B. Use of ashwagandha in the diet may prevent or decrease the growth of tumors in human.

I am tapering off Prozac, currently down to 3 mgs per day. Can I start taking the ashwagandha now?
    This is a decision you and your doctor need to make. This herb is not known to be a strong antidepressant.

Parkinson's disease
My wife uses ashwagandha Indian herb for Parkinson's disease made by Medi-Herb and distributed by Standard Process. We are from Canada. It is pharmaceutical grade and is only sold to health professionals. My daughter is a VET, so I had her register and ordered thru her. There is a Canadian outfit called Promedics, that markets it from British Columbia. She takes one teaspoon in H20 or juice, has been taken it now for about a month;- with the benefits she felt after 2 weeks, as follows: More energy; Her mobility has improved a lot....walking better, more active better appetite: She eats and drinks very good, even if most of the foods have to be soft, as she cannot chew her food too well. Has gained 5 lbs! Was very low before at 99 lbs. Has improved her blood pressure! Even if she is hypertensive, her BP is now much better regulated, less highs and less real lows (hypotensive). It tastes terrible, being a bitter herb, but she gulps it down, as she knows it does her good. She also takes 3 Sinemet (25/100) per day + 1 CR before retiring. 

Quality and smell
Iíve used ashwagandha from a reputable herb shop in the city. It had a distinct smell and flavor. The flavor was similar to maca, both are unique. It was a fine powder with a beige color. It had distinct relaxing effects. Recently I tried a source for ashwagandha from the internet. The company distributing it is 1Fast400. They call it ashwagandha 5%. Apparently they mean 5% withanolides. This ashwagandha 5% smells, tastes and appears very different. Even at a 5% concentration it should not appear, smell and taste as different as it does. The 5% version smells, tastes and looks like fine ground freeze dried coffee. Itís very dark and abundant with sparkling facets just like freeze dried coffee. It dissolves instantly on contact with water. None of these qualities and characteristics are found with the strait powdered ashwagandha which does not mix easily in water and certainly does not dissolve at all. Also the effect of the 5% version acts like a stimulant. Iím rather concerned that this company is distributing an unknown substance under the name ashwagandha. Is there any way to test this 5% version to confirm what it really is?
    There is a way to test and it costs about 250 dollars for a HPLC test at a scientific laboratory that does such testing. The same herb, from different manufacturers, could have different colors based on a number of factors including the original plant, harvesting, use of stems, leaves or bark, how it is processed, etc. And it could have a different effect on the body and mind.