The great Ayurvedic herb ashwagandha has been shown to be a valuable herb for athletes and active people who work out. It has been shown to significantly improve strength and increase muscle size.

Now a new study has shown that it has additional benefits for people who are active. . . .

This double-blind, placebo-controlled study set out to see if ashwagandha could improve endurance and quality of life.

Forty-nine healthy people took either a placebo or 600mg a day of ashwagandha root extract, standardized for 5% withanolides for 12 weeks. They then underwent a shuttle run test to measure their oxygen consumption at peak physical exertion (V02max). V02max is an indicator of cardiorespiratory endurance.

The ashwagandha group had significantly greater increases in cardiorespiratory endurance than the placebo group. They also had significantly better scores on a quality of life questionnaire.

This study adds to the evidence for ashwagandha as a great herb for people who work out.

AYU 2015;36(1):63-68

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