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KSM-66® | A Study on Ashwaghanda

KSM-66® | A Study on Ashwaghanda
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Suppose we try to put together a wish list of what we'd like the perfect daily dietary supplement ingredient to be. Here is my attempt at that wish list! First and foremost, I would want it to be safe. I'd want a natural ingredient with a long, safe history of use by men and women of all ages would make me feel comfortable taking it every day. Second, I would want it to be effective. An ingredient with multiple clinical studies that clearly demonstrate its effectiveness, would persuade me it's worth taking. Third, I'd want an ingredient with numerous benefits to get the most bang for my buck.

A Long History of Safety, East Meets West

Let’s begin with my first requirement for the perfect dietary supplement ingredient: safety. I want to introduce you to what is considered the oldest healing science in the world – Ayurveda. Ayurveda means, “Science of Life”. This practice originated in India more than 5000 years ago. Ayurveda places great emphasis on maintenance of health through balance. Physical and emotional stresses, diet and food choices, work, relationships, etc. can throw this balance off. Balance is the natural order; imbalance is disorder. Health is order; disease is disorder. Within the body, there is constant interaction between order and disorder. When one understands the nature and structure of disorder, one can re-establish order.

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Ashwagandha is one of the most important Rasayana (rejuvenating) herbs of Ayurveda, used for its wide-ranging health benefits. These types of remedies are given to small children as tonics and are also taken by the middle-aged and the elderly to increase longevity. Among the Ayurvedic herbs, ashwagandha holds the most prominent place. It is also an adaptogen. To qualify as an adaptogen, an herb must be completely safe, non-toxic and have broad uses for health. If 5000 years of safe usage isn’t enough to convince you of ashwagandha’s safety, I don’t know what will!
Finally, let’s talk about KSM-66 ashwagandha – what I consider to be the world’s best. KSM-66 is a full-spectrum root extract, produced using the first-of-its-kind extraction. This extraction is based on “Green Chemistry” principles, without using alcohol or other chemical solvents. The manufacturer of KSM-66 owns the entire supply chain including farms, the production facility, labs, the research center, and the distribution center. Because of this, each batch produced can be traced. They have over 26 safety certifications including NSF, USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten-free Certified, Kosher, Halal, and several ISO certifications. They also have GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status, which means the ingredient is safe for use in foods. For me, ashwagandha and more specifically, KSM-66, has definitely surpassed the safety hurtle!

Effectiveness

KSM-66 ashwagandha uses only the roots of the plant. That's because the roots have been studied and documented to show the maximum clinical effectiveness. Also, KSM-66’s unique extraction process yields an optimum percentage of withanolides (a key substance in ashwagandha). Plus, the process retains other important bio-actives of the plant. Therefore, it is a “full-spectrum” extract – it is not just 1 or 2 constituents with clinical effects, but rather the combination and synergy of several constituents working together. Yeah, teamwork!

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Now let’s talk about clinical studies. KSM-66 has 22 (yes, I said 22) human clinical trials, and there are even more in the works. All of these are randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled designs. What the heck does that mean? Well, it means there is no bias in the study because the researchers decide randomly which participants in the trial receive the supplement, and which receive a placebo, or fake treatment. Double-Blind trails are the Gold Standard of clinical trials and are used in the drug industry to determine the efficacy of pharmaceutical ingredients. KSM-66’s studies use normal, healthy men and women as subjects. Many of these studies are published in high-caliber biomedical journals. Therefore, KSM-66 ashwagandha passed the efficacy hurdle with flying colors!

I Want My Money's Worth

If you look closely at the reports of all ashwagandha can do for you, it's easier to look at what it can’t do! Clinical studies show that ashwagandha may support balanced blood sugar, cortisol levels, stress,  and may boost testosterone, support fertility in men, increase muscle mass/strength, support brain function, and memory, etc. For an herb to operate at a systemic level, it needs a complex blend of phytochemicals with a wide range of actions on the human body. Ashwagandha is one of the very few herbs in the world with a complex blend of this type. As ashwagandha operates at the systemic level, it has 20+ distinct applications described in herbal medicine textbooks. And KSM-66 has clinical studies on most of them. It looks like KSM-66 Ashwagandha gets my vote for the perfect dietary supplement ingredient.
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*Content contained in this article is not intended to provide or to constitute medical or healthcare advice. It can not be relied upon as preventative care, cure, or treatment for any disease or medical condition. You should consult a qualified healthcare professional for advice regarding the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and before starting any supplementation, nutritional, exercise, or other medical programs.

Studies and references:

Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine - https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0069/6041/4779/files/ksm-66-stress-study-ijpm-2012.pdf?2158
Hindawi Publishing - https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0069/6041/4779/files/ksm-66-testosterone-study-ecam-2013-testosterone-published-1.pdf?2158
AYU Journal - https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0069/6041/4779/files/ksm-66-endurance-studyarticle-published.pdf?2158
Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition - https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0069/6041/4779/files/ksm-66-strength-and-testosterone-increase-clinical-published.pdf?2158
AYU Journal - https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0069/6041/4779/files/ksm-66-second-vo2max-clinical-published.pdf?2158
AYU Journal - https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0069/6041/4779/files/ksm-66-second-vo2max-clinical-published.pdf?2158

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