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Does ashwagandha help build muscle?

Ashwagandha, also known as Indian Ginseng, is a native Indian herb that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.

It has anxiolytic, antihypertensive, analgesic, central nervous system & immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anabolic, cardio-pulmonary and antioxidant properties, as well as stimulating respiratory function, relaxing smooth muscle and stimulating thyroid activity. Studies in humans have shown that South African drunken eggplant is well tolerated and is associated with a decrease in cortisol and an increase in testosterone hormones.

Because of these effects, which corresponded so well with consumer demand during the epidemic, South African Drinking Tomatoes are now very popular in Europe and the United States as a health supplement or as a product for men.


study of ashwagandha work for muscle growth


In this 8-week randomized, prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study, 57 young male subjects (18-50 years of age) lacking experience in resistance training were randomized into an experimental group (29) and a placebo group (28). Subjects in the experimental group were given 300 mg of South African intoxicant root extract twice daily, while the placebo group was given a starch placebo. Following baseline measurements, subjects in both groups underwent resistance training for 8 weeks and repeated measurements at the end of week 8. The primary index of effectiveness was muscle strength, with secondary measures of muscle size, body composition, serum testosterone levels, and muscle recovery. Muscle strength was assessed using 1RM loaded bench press and leg extension exercises. Muscle recovery was assessed using serum creatine kinase levels as a marker of muscle damage after exercise.


Compared to the placebo group, the experimental group on South African intoxicants showed a significant increase in muscle strength during bench press and leg extension exercises, as well as a significant increase in arm and chest muscle size. Exercise-induced muscle damage was also significantly reduced in subjects taking South African drunken cigars compared to the placebo group, indicating stabilization of serum creatine kinase, a significant increase in testosterone levels, and a significant decrease in body fat percentage.


ashwagandha work for muscle growth

Muscle development

Muscle size, an indicator of muscle growth, is affected by two effects of A. africana:

(i) an increase in testosterone hormone, leading to muscle growth; and

(ii) a decrease in cortisol levels, a catabolic agent that reduces muscle mass. As far as energy production is concerned, South African drunken cigars (i) can have a beneficial effect on mitochondrial energy levels and function and reduce the activity of the Mg2+-dependent ATPase responsible for ATP catabolism; and (ii) can increase creatine levels, leading to ATP production. Finally, the effects of South African drunken eggplant as an anxiolytic on the nervous system, as well as the promotion of concentration, may translate into better coordination and muscle recruitment. The reason for the lack of effect on thigh dimension is unclear. Longer-term studies are needed to elucidate this, as well as to study markers in the local environment of these muscles to rule out any biochemical abnormalities as influencing factors.

Muscle recovery

In this study, by monitoring creatine kinase, it can be demonstrated that recovery from muscle damage is faster after supplementation with South African drunken eggplant. The faster recovery may be due to multiple mechanisms, or more likely their synergistic effects, such as antioxidant effects mediated by the various extract constituents to counteract free radical damage at the muscle and central nervous system levels, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects as well as reductions in lactate and blood urea nitrogen. In this case, muscle soreness is a common post-exercise phenomenon for those less accustomed to physical activity. Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) manifests itself 24-48 hours after exercise as tenderness, and/or a decrease in athletic flexibility and a decrease in maximal self-assertive force production, and this soreness prevents full and proper exercise. Therefore, due to the restorative effects of South African Drunken Tomatoes on muscle damage, it also alleviates the negative consequences of delayed onset muscle soreness.