Suppose we try to put together a wish list of what we would like the perfect dietary supplement ingredient to be. One that we think is worth taking every day.
Here is my attempt at that wish list.
First and foremost, I would want it to be safe. 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 scientifically-conducted clinical studies clearly demonstrating its effectiveness would help persuade me that it would be worth taking.
And third, an ingredient that has numerous benefits rather than just one or two, would go a long way to convincing me that this ingredient will give me the most bang for my buck.
Well, if you agree with my assessment of what the perfect supplement ingredient would be, then I have just the ingredient for you.
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 a constant interaction between order and disorder. When one understands the nature and structure of disorder, one can re-establish order.
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 elderly to increase longevity. Among the ayurvedic herbs, Ashwagandha holds the most prominent place.
Also, ashwagandha is an adaptogen. To qualify as an adaptogen, an herb must be completely safe and non-toxic and it must have broad uses for health. If 5000 years of safe use isn’t enough to convince you of ashwagandha’s safety, I don’t know what will!
But wait, let’s now talk about KSM-66 ashwagandha – what I consider the world’s best. Why do I think that? KSM-66 is a full-spectrum root extract, produced using a first-of-its-kind extraction based on “Green Chemistry” principles without using alcohol or other chemical solvents. The manufacturer of KSM-66 owns the entire value chain – they own the farms, production facility, testing labs, research center and distribution so there is full traceability for every batch produced. They have the most quality certifications - over 26 - including NSF, USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project, 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 passed and surpassed the safety hurtle!
On to the second requirement for the perfect supplement ingredient – efficacy.
KSM-66 ashwagandha uses only the roots (not the leaves) of the plant. That is because the roots are what have been studied and documented historically to show the maximum clinical effectiveness. Also, KSM-66’s unique extraction process yields an optimum percentage of withanolides (a key substance in ashwagandha) while retaining the other important bio-actives of the plant. Therefore, it is a “full-spectrum” extract – it is not just one or two constituents that cause the clinical effects but rather the combination and synergy of several constituents working together. Yea, teamwork!
Now let’s talk clinical studies. KSM-66 has 22 (yes, I said 22) human clinical trials and there are even more in the works. All 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 as to which participants in the trial receive the supplement and which receive a placebo, or fake treatment. This is the Gold Standard of clinical trials, and what is used in the drug industry to determine the efficacy of a pharmaceutical ingredient. KSM-66’s studies use normal, healthy men and women as subjects, though. Many of these studies are published in high-quality biomedical journals. Therefore, they were reviewed and critiqued by other scientists before they are allowed to be published.
Looks like KSM-66 ashwagandha passed the efficacy hurtle with flying colors!
You know, if you look closely at the reports of what ashwagandha can do for you it may be easier to look at what it can’t do.
Clinicals studies show that ashwagandha can reduce blood sugar, reduce cortisol levels, reduce stress, boost testosterone, increase fertility in men, increase muscle mass and strength, improve brain function and memory, and several other things that would be construed as drug claims so we will leave those out.
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.
If you would like to review some of these studies, please check the references below (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). But as far as I’m concerned KSM-66 is well worth my money.
It looks like KSM-66 Ashwagandha gets my vote for the perfect dietary supplement ingredient. Check out the Mdrive line of men’s supplements and you’ll discover just how much we at DreamBrands love this ingredient!
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