Main benefits of Ashwagandha for men: from testosterone to physical endurance
Ashwagandha, a Rasayana or “rejuvenator herb”, has been used for centuries in Ayurveda as a natural tonic for the whole body, due to its many health benefits. This is the natural performance booster all men have been waiting for.
Here are a few ways this powerful herb helps significantly improve the overall health of men:
• boosting testosterone levels
• increasing sperm count
• increasing libido and vitality
• Improving stamina and physical endurance.
• Reducing stress and anxiety
1. Boost testosterone levels
More than just maintaining your masculinity, and your performance in the gym, having a good supply of testosterone is important for your general health and wellbeing.
A man’s testosterone level peaks in early adulthood. But the hormone continues to play an important role in:
• bone and muscle mass
• fat storage
• production of red blood cells
• sexual and physical health
In most cases, after the age of 30, men’s testosterone levels will begin to naturally fall. Drastic drops or a stop in production can lead to symptoms of low testosterone. An estimated 15 million American men have low enough testosterone levels to cause symptoms, according to UCLA Health (1)
Extremely decreasing testosterone levels can lead to:
• difficulty achieving an erection
• increased body fat
• decreased muscle mass and strength
• loss of body hair
• sleep disturbances
In an 8 week study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports nutrition, 57 men between the ages of 18–50 were given 600 mg of KSM-66 Ashwagandha daily for 8 weeks. At the end of the 8 week study the men saw their testosterone levels increase by an average of 18.7%. In fact, the testosterone levels of the men who took the root extract were over five times higher than those who didn’t. (2)
This is not surprising given the amount of areas Ashwagandha improves, which is directly related to boosted testosterone levels such as improved sleep, lower stress, decreased cortisol and an improved cholesterol profile.
That’s not all, Ashwagandha may also make significant improvements to semen quality, by increasing sperm count and motility, supporting overall male fertility. In a 90 day study, 56 men between the ages of 22–40, with oligospermia, were given 225mg of KSM-66 Ashwagandha or placebo capsules,
3 times a day. At the end of the study, men receiving Ashwagandha had 167% increase in sperm count, 53% increase in sperm volume, 57% increase in sperm motility and 17% increase in serum testosterone levels (3)
2. Increase sex drive - libido
As the cortisol levels in your system rise along with your stress levels, it can have other negative effects on your body. A continuous inflow of cortisol into your system will lead to a rise in blood pressure; in turn, restricting blood flow throughout your arteries.
High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of impotence. Impotence is the failure to get or maintain an erection or the inability to ejaculate (4). In order for a male to get an erection, blood needs to be able to circulate freely through the shaft. Thus, in some men, increased cortisol levels and high blood pressure can directly increase erectile dysfunction.
Balancing cortisol and blood pressure levels are two possible effects of Ashwagandha, so it can help men suffering from erectile dysfunction and impotence. The ability to enhance blood flow to the shaft is one of the top Ashwagandha benefits for men.
3. Improve stamina / cardiorespiratory endurance
A study tested the effects of Ashwagandha on the endurance of elite cyclists. After 8 weeks of treatment, the cyclists taking Ashwagandha improved cardiorespiratory endurance at 8 and 12 weeks of treatment and significantly improved the quality of life scores of the participants in the extract group. (5)
Having a better cardiorespiratory endurance means improved stamina to perform any activity that requires your muscles to use a lot of energy. If you’re someone who practices distance ultra running, swimming, cycling and extended workouts, you’ll greatly benefit from the improved cardiorespiratory endurance. You’ll also be able to perform day to day activities such as stair climbing, brisk walking, and house chores better (6).
Ashwagandha can improve your stamina for any activity that requires your muscles to work harder. This is a great benefit of Ashwagandha not only for men but also for women looking to improve their stamina in general.
Studies show that Ashwagandha can boost endurance during physical activity by sharpening brain function and reducing physical pain. Due to its positive calming energizing effects on the brain, and its ability to lower stresshormones, it helps improve concentration, motivation and stamina.
Ashwagandha seems to act similar to a protein shake, if not better, for working out. So if you’re planning to work out to build body muscles or for your overall health benefits, Ashwagandha can definitely help with that.
3. Boost muscle strength and recovery
Ashwagandha also may help increase muscle mass and strength. For this reason, it might be a helpful tool for men (and women) engaging in resistance training and other forms of exercise that can be arduous on the muscles.
A 2015 study by published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition states that Ashwagandha supplementation was associated with significant increases in muscle mass and strength. The eight-week study involved 57 males between the ages of 18-50 with little experience in resistance training. The men in the treatment group were given 300mg of Ashwagandha root extract twice a day, and the control group were given starch placebos.
Ashwagandha also may help increase muscle mass and strength. For this reason, it might be a helpful tool for men (and women) engaging in resistance
training and other forms of exercise that can be arduous on the muscles.
Study results show the men that were given Ashwagandha had significantly greater increases in muscle strength on the bench-press and leg-extension exercises. They also displayed significantly greater muscle size increase of the arms and chest, a significantly greater reduction of exercise-induced muscle
damage, increased testosterone levels, and greater decrease in body fat
Another study tested the effects of Ashwagandha on the endurance of elite cyclists. After 8 weeks of treatment, the cyclists taking Ashwagandha took longer to feel exhausted doing a treadmill test than the cyclists who received a placebo.(9)
Even with increased muscle mass, your joints must be strong to operate at peak performance levels and Ashwagandha appears to help with that, too. Clinical trials studying general joint pain and joint pain related to rheumatoid arthritis found extremely positive results, with the herb relieving major pain and causing no side effects.
5. Help prevent prostate cancer
The terrible cancer statistics of 2014 stated that an estimated of 3,085,209 men were living with Prostate cancer in the USA alone. The rate of new cases of prostate cancer was 111.3 per 100,000 men per year. The death rate was 19.0 per 100,000 men per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2014–2018 cases and deaths. (10)
And the numbers keep growing each year. This year, the stats say that there
will be an estimated of 248,530 new cases and 34,130 deaths, just in 2021.
So any proven to work natural preventions and treatment options will definitely be useful. Several studies have found that Withaferin-A from Ashwagandha contributes to the death of cancer cells, including Prostate cancer and inhibits their growth (11,12,13).Anything that helps prevent and treat cancer naturally is worth investing your time and energy on.
We are not advising anyone here to take Ashwagandha as an alternative to treat Prostate cancer instead of modern medicine, but for it to be used as aproven prevention and something to take along with other cancer treatments.
5. Reduce stress and anxiety
The key chemical ingredients in Ashwagandha are withaferin A and withanolide A. These mimic GABA, an amino acid which acts as a neurotransmitter in your
central nervous system and calms nervous activity.
A study was performed on 64 adults with chronic stress. The treatment group was given a high concentration of 300 mg of Ashwagandha root extract twice daily for 60 days (14). Results show substantial reduction in serum cortisol (stress hormone) in the treated group and significant improvement was observed in all parts of the stress assessment scales on day 60 for the group treated with Ashwagandha.
In the long run, chronic stress leads to absurdly high cortisol levels and impacts men's bodies all the more. Constricted blood vessels can lead tostress-induced hair fall, sleep problems, weight gain, and lower sperm count.
We know stress is a silent killer and can have a negative impact on all parts of anyone’s life. If you’re looking for a proven to work natural remedy for stress, you’ve found one. Something to keep your stress hormone under control when things are not flowing smoothly for you.
6. Reduce stress and anxiety
TRIIBE Ashwagandha is a potent addition to any man’s nutrition regimen. It has been shown to improve the overall health of men, acting as a powerful natural stress buster, and testosterone booster.
TRIIBE Ashwagandha may very well supercharge your gym sessions, since it’s been shown to increase muscle mass, reduce body fat, and increase strength in men. In addition, it can boost your libido and enhance your athleticperformance!Ashwagandha Dosage
In order to get the most from your TRIIBE KSM-66 Ashwagandha, be sure to
use as directed and follow the instructions for how to take it.
It’s best to take it with food – either in a single dose or split across two meals. As with most herbal remedies, it’s advisable to start on a low dosage and take it consistently. We advise to start with the recommended dose -600mg - and work your way up to monitor and assess your tolerance.Benefits from the herb will be felt after levels build up in the body, which can take a few months after daily supplementation – so be patient.