Ashwagandha is one of the world’s best-known herbal medicines. It has been used for centuries as a health tonic and treatment for a wide variety of health problems, and modern research and clinical testing affirm the herb’s effectiveness in treating symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, infertility, impotence, and fatigue.
For centuries, Ashwagandha has been the central herb used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicine. Before the term “adaptogen” was ever coined, Indians have been using Ashwagandha for the same exact purpose as adaptogens. Modern research shows that Ashwagandha is one of the most effective and most prolific herbal adaptogens, which can help boost brain function, lower cortisol levels, lower blood sugar, and lower symptoms of anxiety and depression.
In this article, we’ll discuss why Male UltraCore uses Ashwagandha as one of its main ingredients, and how Male UltraCore maximizes the potential of Ashwagandha.
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What is the difference between KSM-66 and Ashwagandha?
KSM-66 is the most prolific standardized Ashwagandha extract, with dozens of studies affirming the product’s effectiveness in treating a wide variety of health conditions, as well as its ability to enhance physical, mental, and sexual performance. KSM-66 features the highest concentration, bioavailability, and safety of Ashwagandha, which directly contributes to its effectiveness as a supplement ingredient.
We’ve always stood by our mantra that supplements are only as good as their ingredients, and that’s why Male UltraCore has the most premium Ashwagandha product available in KSM-66. We licensed KSM-66 for use in Male UltraCore to ensure the ingredient’s quality and effectiveness.
Studies show that KSM-66, with its standardized formulation and potency, is proven to reduce cortisol levels, which directly impact testosterone production. Numerous studies support KSM-66’s ability to improve memory and cognition, muscle performance, cardiorespiratory endurance, sexual function, sleep, and stress reduction.
How does Ashwagandha work?
Ashwagandha is best described as an adaptogen, which is a type of herb that helps the body resist physical, biological, and chemical stressors. Adaptogens have a certain neurological effect that makes the body more resilient to stress, which directly impacts a person’s mental performance.
Many of the herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda are believed to be adaptogens, and Ashwagandha is by far the most prolific of all the adaptogens used in traditional and modern alternative medicine. Modern studies have traced the root of Ashwagandha’s impeccable adaptogenic ability to the herb’s impact on cortisol levels.
When a person is exposed to certain stressors, the body releases cortisol, a hormone that raises blood sugar levels to prepare the body for a fight-or-flight situation. This reaction is evolutionary in nature, and this can be seen as a primary defense mechanism to equip the body with enough energy to deal with a life-threatening scenario. However, there are far fewer life-threatening scenarios to deal with in the modern era, but the reaction to stressors remains the same. Individuals can be stressed over almost anything – whether it’s financial stress, work stress, emotional stress – the body responds a certain way, and in every scenario, the body releases cortisol, the stress hormone, to prepare the body for a fight-or-flight situation.
The result is a spike in blood sugar levels, which may lead to weight gain, diabetes, and metabolic disorders. Cortisol also slows down bodily functions that are deemed nonessential in a fight-or-flight situation, and that includes muscle growth and testosterone production. A prolonged state of stress exposes the body to too much cortisol, and this leads to a drastic reduction in muscle growth and testosterone.
As an adaptogen, Ashwagandha curbs cortisol levels, essentially releasing the brakes on testosterone production, allowing your body to resume its anabolic state. Considering how poorly most people deal with stressors, the impact of Ashwagandha on an individual who is chronically stressed could be dramatic. Studies show that more than 70% of individuals experience a level of stress that affects their health. No person is immune to stress, and that’s why men need Ashwagandha to effectively deal with the physical, sexual, and mental deterioration caused by stress.
Is Ashwagandha enough to boost your testosterone levels?
While Ashwagandha has a massive impact on your testosterone production, there are certain limitations to what Ashwagandha can do to your body. Its impact on cortisol levels is astounding, and that alone can help you normalize your testosterone production. However, Ashwagandha on its own does not contain phytochemicals that directly stimulate the Leydig cells to increase testosterone production. It only frees the body from certain factors that may slow down testosterone production.
Stress is not the only factor that lowers testosterone levels. Aging is a major contributor to the decline in testosterone levels in men, and while Ashwagandha is a highly-effective adaptogen, it cannot impact the body enough to restore optimal testosterone levels. To boost testosterone levels optimally, Ashwagandha needs to be paired with the right combination of ingredients that increase testosterone production and retention.
What other benefits can you expect from Ashwagandha?
As an adaptogen, Ashwagandha’s health benefits go beyond testosterone enhancement. Its biggest impact is in reducing stress and anxiety in general, which helps individuals cope better with their daily challenges.
By reducing cortisol, Ashwagandha indirectly reduces blood sugar levels, since the main effect of cortisol is to boost blood sugar levels. This can help diabetic individuals manage their blood sugar levels. The drastic reduction in cortisol levels also allows the body to resume its anabolic state, which focuses on building muscle, instead of breaking down muscles for energy.
Another component of Ashwagandha, withaferin, is also found to have strong anti-cancer properties. The phytochemical is proven in clinical trials to promote reactive oxygen species in cancer cells, which disrupts growth and function. It also makes cancer cells more prone to cell death, which effectively slows down its progression.
Ashwagandha essentially equips the body with the right response to deal with stress, and this also affects sleep and cognitive function. Studies show that Ashwagandha is highly-capable of improving cognitive performance, including decision making, stress management, focus, energy, and problem-solving.
Ashwagandha may be one of the few herbs that have a direct impact on mental health. The studies involving ashwagandha and its impact on stress, anxiety, and depression, are all conclusive. Many researchers around the globe are focused on dissecting the secrets of Ashwagandha and how it directly impacts mood and stress management, and the only link that is proven as of the moment is Ashwagandha’s impact on cortisol levels.
How do you maximize the effect of Ashwagandha?
The majority of Ashwagandha products that you will come across in the market are dried ashwagandha roots that are pulverized into powder form. These products only contain trace amounts of the active phytochemical adaptogens in ashwagandha, and many of these products would not be potent enough to have any decent impact on cortisol or stress levels, since much of the phytochemicals are broken down during the dehydration process.
To add, Ashwagandha is a challenging plant to cultivate, as the plant is prone to many pests and plant diseases. This is also the reason why Ashwagandha is an expensive ingredient to procure since many cultivated plants are damaged by pests.
Ashwagandha needs to be extracted and purified to maximize the adaptogenic ability of the ingredient. This is done by isolating the active components of Ashwagandha to increase the potency and concentration of the active compound.
Male UltraCore uses KSM-66, the most potent ashwagandha extract available today. The ingredient is carefully processed, isolated, and standardized to ensure the potency and effectiveness of the formula. Male UltraCore carries a major daily dosage of KSM-66, at 300mg/day, one of the highest dosages in the segment.
How does Male UltraCore maximize the effects of Ashwagandha?
We developed Male UltraCore to address the most common causes of low testosterone in men, and we selected KSM-66, the world’s best ashwagandha product, to assist the formula by reducing cortisol levels to further enhance testosterone production.
Male UltraCore’s general purpose isn’t just to increase physical and sexual function, but to improve a man’s overall physical, mental, and sexual health, and KSM-66 is an integral ingredient that allows Male UltraCore to achieve such benefits.
We paired KSM-66 with other high-grade ingredients and standardized extracts to maximize its impact on testosterone, mental health, and physical and sexual performance. Each ingredient in our formula is specifically selected to synergize with each other, yielding stronger, more impactful results.
Longjack, or Tongkat Ali, is the central ingredient of Male UltraCore. Longjack has strong performance-boosting capabilities, stemming from its various testosterone-boosting pathways. First, Longjack is able to boost testosterone production by stimulating the Leydig cells, which could directly result in an overall increase in testosterone levels. However, testosterone production is highly impacted by cortisol levels. High cortisol levels will shift the body’s resources towards a catabolic state, which essentially curbs testosterone production. Ashwagandha, as an adaptogen, reduces cortisol levels, which essentially releases the brakes on testosterone production, which results in higher overall testosterone levels.
KSM-66 works directly with Longjack and its ability to lower cortisol levels. As both ingredients feature adaptogenic properties, KSM-66’s pairing with longjack further enhances the other benefits of KSM-66 such as improved stress coping mechanisms, including reduced blood sugar and inflammation.
ZMA is a combination of Zinc and Magnesium Aspartate, which directly influences testosterone levels. Zinc, much like Longjack, stimulates the Leydig cells to boost testosterone production. In the same manner, Ashwagandha’s testosterone-boosting capabilities are further enhanced by Zinc and Longjack.
Magnesium Aspartate boosts free testosterone levels and muscle performance. It helps by increasing the stored energy in muscles for better strength and endurance during workouts. Ashwagandha’s ability to inhibit cortisol puts the body in an anabolic state, and with ZMA, Ashwagandha is able to further increase muscle growth and development during workouts.
With Ashwagandha, Zinc, and Longjack working together to maximize testosterone levels, the body needs an ingredient that will keep hormone levels in check. Testosterone is naturally metabolized into dihydrotestosterone, an androgen that also enhances muscle growth and libido, but causes serious side effects such as prostate growth, prostate cancer, and hair loss. Fenugreek curbs the buildup of dihydrotestosterone by inhibiting the enzyme that converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone.
While an increase in testosterone production is great, it also follows that an increase in testosterone results in an increase of its metabolites, such as dihydrotestosterone and estrogen. Ashwagandha doesn’t have the capability to restrict the conversion of testosterone, but Fenugreek and the other testosterone preservation ingredients can.
Why Male UltraCore has the BEST Ashwagandha formula
Ashwagandha is an impressive product for increasing testosterone production, but it is in no sense a complete solution for increasing testosterone levels. It does not have any direct impact on testosterone production, but it’s the best ingredient to lower cortisol levels to optimize testosterone production. Ashwagandha also does not have an active component that could lower testosterone metabolites, and increasing testosterone production without balancing the hormone levels would only result in dangerous side effects, such as prostate growth, prostate cancer, breast growth, mood changes, and even erectile dysfunction.
Taking Ashwagandha alone is not a feasible solution to safely and effectively boost testosterone levels, and that’s why Male UltraCore selected a wide variety of ingredients that work on different testosterone and performance-boosting pathways, to make the most out of ashwagandha’s adaptogenic properties. Not only does Male UltraCore have the best ashwagandha product in KSM-66, but it also has the best formula to maximize the effectiveness of Ashwagandha, with a formula that is directed towards improving and maximizing the properties of Ashwagandha.