Ashwagandha Root Extract May Improve Cardio Performance

Ashwagandha Root Extract May Improve Cardio Performance

Taking 600 mg of ashwagandha root extract daily for eight weeks improves VO2 max (maximal oxygen consumption), a key endurance fitness indicator. These are the results of  new research issued in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, which showed significantly better VO2 max levels compared to placebo and baseline results.

Furthermore, compared to placebo, the ashwagandha group had double the number of subjects who showed a significant increase in recovery from intense exercise.

The novel study adds to the increasingly apparent fact that ashwagandha has many potential health benefits. For instance, some of the best ashwagandha supplements on the market claim to have science-supported benefits, including keeping cortisol levels low, delaying aging, and reducing inflammation in the body.

For the study, scientists sought the help of 50 healthy athletic adults who were randomly assigned to either take a placebo or ashwagandha root extract for eight weeks. According to the findings, the people in the ashwagandha group had considerably higher VO2 max than those in the placebo group.

The ashwagandha group’s VO2 max improved from 40.22 ml/kg/min to 46.82 ml/kg/min at week 8, while the placebo group’s level only rose from 40.63 ml/kg/min at the first week to 42.66 ml/kg/min through week 8. Moreover, compared to placebo, the ingestion of ashwagandha resulted in significant improvements in TQR (total quality recovery) scores.

Surprisingly, after only four weeks of supplementation, the disparities between the groups were clearly discernible.

Thankfully, no side effects were reported by any of the participants in the study.

According to the researchers, the study’s findings imply that ashwagandha root extract can effectively improve the life quality and cardiorespiratory endurance of healthy, fit people.

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