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General Questions about Ashwagandha
What is ashwagandha?
Referred to as the “prince of herbs” in Ayurveda, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a small evergreen shrub often characterized by its velvety leaves and vibrant orange-red berries. Ashwagandha is native to India and has been used medicinally for thousands of years. In Sanskrit, the word ashwagandha translates to "the smell of a horse," which represents its traditional use of promoting energy, endurance and strength*.
What health benefits does ashwagandha provide?
Ashwagandha has traditionally been used to help rejuvenate and tonify the body. As an adaptogen, ashwagandha root has been shown to help the body “adapt” to both physical and emotional stress, and by doing so, helps conserve energy and promotes endurance. Ashwagandha has a long history of safe use and promotes overall balance in the body. In addition to a healthy stress response, ashwagandha also supports immune health, mental clarity and thyroid function*.
What are some factors to consider when choosing an ashwagandha supplement?
Depending on your reason(s) for supplementing with ashwagandha and your personal preferences, it may be helpful to consider one or more of the following factors when making a purchasing decision—
- Does the product contain just ashwagandha whole powder or an extract standardized to provide a consistent and guaranteed amount of withanolides in each serving?
- Is the ashwagandha extract clinically-proven to provide intended benefits?
- Is the recommended dosage supported by science and sufficient to provide intended benefits?
- What is the amount or percentage of withanolides per serving of the product?
- Is the product independently verified to meet identity, potency & purity standards?
- What assurance, if any, is available that what’s on the product label is, in fact, in the bottle?
- Is the project Non-GMO Project Verified?
- Does the product contain any chemical additives or preservatives?
Can I take ashwagandha if I’m allergic to nightshades?
Ashwagandha belongs to the nightshade (Solanaceae) family, which also includes goji berries, potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers. Ashwagandha root, the medicinal part of the ashwagandha plant, has a long history of safe use and is generally well tolerated. However, a small portion of the population may be sensitive to chemical compounds called alkaloids, which are naturally present in some nightshade plants. If you have a known or suspected intolerance or allergy to nightshade, we encourage you to consult with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation.
Can ashwagandha supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?
If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication or planning a medical procedure, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.
Still have questions?
- For general information about ashwagandha, check out the resources below—
- HerbalGram - Ashwagandha Profile. 2013; 99:1-7.
- Ashwagandha — HerbMedPro™ Record
- Ashwagandha — MedlinePlus
- An Overview on Ashwagandha: A Rasayana (Rejuvenator) of Ayurveda
- For specific guidance on the suitability of ashwagandha to support your particular health goals, please talk to your healthcare provider.
Questions about Ashwagandha Gold
Why is Ashwagandha Gold formulated using the KSM-66® ashwagandha root extract?
Given below is a summary of the key reasons why Ashwagandha Gold is formulated using the KSM-66® ashwagandha root extract:
- KSM-66® ashwagandha extract is the only full-spectrum ashwagandha extract that is standardized to 5% with anolides from roots alone.
- KSM-66® ashwagandha extract is the most clinically-studied ashwagandha extract currently available.
- KSM-66® ashwagandha extract is certified organic.
- KSM-66® ashwagandha extract is guaranteed to contain > 0.1% withaferin A, a naturally-occurring cytotoxin present in ashwagandha.
If interested, more information on KSM-66® ashwagandha extract is available for review online on the ingredient website at: www.ksm66ashwagandhaa.com
Why does Ashwagandha Gold include whole-root ashwagandha powder in addition to the clinically-proven KSM-66® root extract?
At Nutrigold, we are mindful of the fact that every ingredient in a product, regardless of whether it is an active ingredient that provides a health benefit or an additive that ensures finished product integrity, can and will likely have some impact on consumers’ health. This is why we are philosophically opposed to the use of synthetic, semi-synthetic, or commodity additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide commonly found in most commercially-available supplements. We choose instead to use plant-based, functional additives that not only have a history of safe use, which, in the case of Ashwagandha Gold, is the whole root Ashwagandha powder.
Why is Ashwagandha Gold not vegan?
Withanolides are considered to be responsible for most of ashwagandha’s health benefits. The clinically-proven ashwagandha ingredient in our product is extracted using lactic acid from organic milk (rather than chemical solvents) to optimize the amount and quality of the bioactives (e.g. withanolides) in the final extract. Although KSM-66® Ashwagandha extract is also available in a vegan “dairy-free” version, it is not a full-spectrum extract and lacks the presence of some lipophilic components, flavonoids, and choline, to name a few, that are naturally present in ashwagandha root.
What is the best time of day to take Ashwagandha Gold?
Ashwagandha can generally be taken anytime. However, for those with a sensitive GI tract, ashwagandha is often best taken with food. As a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.
Can I take a higher dosage than what is suggested on the label?
Because we are not licensed medical professionals and individual needs can vary, we regret that we cannot recommend a dosage beyond what is suggested on the product label. It may be important to note that the dosing range provided in the suggested use on the label (300 mg to 600 mg per day) is based on amounts used in clinical investigations featuring the KSM-66® ingredient. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what dosage, if any, is best for your individual needs.
How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its Ashwagandha Gold product?
At NutriGold, our first priority is consumer safety, which is why we verify that raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-accredited labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.
What assurance can you provide that the percentage of withanolides listed on the label is actually in the product?
All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability
Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?
All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.
Is Ashwagandha Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?
Ashwagandha Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Ashwagandha Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.