Adaptogens are natural substances that are widely used in herbal medicine to aid the body in managing different types of stress, including physical, emotional, and environmental stressors. These active ingredients can be sourced from various mushrooms, including reishi, cordyceps, chaga, and turkey tail, among others. Further, the ashwagandha plant, commonly known as winter cherry, is also considered to be one of the most effective adaptogens in Ayurvedic medicine.
Ashwagandha is well-known for its ability to enhance immediate and general memory and improve executive function, attention, and information processing speed, all without any adverse side effects. In fact, controlled studies have shown that KSM-66®, a high-concentration full-spectrum Ashwagandha root extract, can enhance an individual's resistance to stress.‡
If you're looking for a natural solution to stress relief, Ashwagandha KSM-66® is worth considering for its numerous benefits that make it an excellent option for those seeking to improve their overall well-being. To learn more about this powerful adaptogen and how it can benefit you, continue reading.
What is Ashwagandha Extract KSM-66®?
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, or winter cherry) is a revered plant in traditional Ayurvedic medicine that grows an average of three to five feet tall and is widely cultivated for medicinal use, mainly the root and leaf. It is commonly distributed in northwestern Indian states, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and China's western provinces of Gansu and Yunnan.
KSM-66® Ashwagandha is a full-spectrum extract that contains the highest concentration of root-only extract. This extract is produced using a proprietary extraction process based on "Green Chemistry" principles, which avoids the use of alcohol or any other chemical solvent.
The KSM-66® Extraction Process
KSM-66® is a high-concentration full-spectrum Ashwagandha extract that took 14 years of research and development to perfect. The proprietary extraction process uses a milk pre-treatment, as described in traditional Ayurveda texts, to retain both hydrophilic and lipophilic components of the raw root, resulting in a full-spectrum extract with high potency.
The milk pre-treatment is what makes KSM-66® unique and effective. A vegan and milk-free version is also available for those who prefer to avoid milk.
KSM-66® Benefits: Stress Relief and More
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum Ashwagandha root extract found that a dose of 250mg can improve an individual's resistance to stress safely and effectively, leading to an enhancement in self-assessed quality of life.‡
However, more research is necessary to fully understand the extent of these benefits.
Daily Supplementation With Adaptogens
Integrating adaptogens into your daily routine may help alleviate some of the negative effects that chronic stress can have on your mental and physical health.‡ However, it's important to realize that adaptogens do not serve as a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, which includes physical activity, a well-balanced diet, and other stress-reduction methods such as self-care and meditation.
Before incorporating adaptogens or any other supplement into your routine, consult with a healthcare professional. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or take medications.
Om’s Master Blend Protein formulation and Gently Zen Mushroom Capsules contain Ashwagandha in every serving, helping customers to experience the benefits of both worlds of full-spectrum KSM-66® extract and adaptogenic mushrooms for optimal health and recovery.
‡These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Functional mushroom products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.