Ashwagandha root is a herb that has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine of India for over 4,000 years and is thought to help improve physical energy and athletic ability, increase immunity and support sexual functions and fertility. Ashwagandha may also have a mild sedative effect on the central nervous system, thus acting as a muscle relaxant. Ashwagandha may help boost energy and support stress, anxiety, and sleep and is also known to aid with mental clarity and focus, and energy levels.

Health Claims: There are no permitted health claims for Ashwagandha in New Zealand. Please refer to the published international research below for information on Ashwagandha's benefits and effectiveness.

Natural Sources: The Ashwagandha plant (Withania somnifera) is a small evergreen shrub with velvety leaves and bell flowers that contain orange berries. Ashwagandha is native to India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. It also grows in parts of Africa.

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The ingredients chosen for use in Pro You products are backed by the latest scientific research, or steeped in traditional use. We believe that the best health choice is an informed one, so for your reading, we’ve collated a selection of the most relevant unaffiliated studies that support the selections made by our lead scientist and naturopath when formulating our products

Published Research

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Bhattacharya SK, Bhattacharya A, Sairam K, Ghosal S. Anxiolytic-antidepressant activity of Withania somnifera glycowithanolides: an experimental study. Phytomedicine. 2000 Dec;7(6):463-9. doi: 10.1016/S0944- 7113(00)80030-6. PMID: 11194174.

Chandrasekhar K, Kapoor J, Anishetty S. A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and ecacy of a high-concentration fullspectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults. Indian J Psychol Med. 2012 Jul;34(3):255- 62. doi: 10.4103/0253-7176.106022. PMID: 23439798; PMCID: PMC3573577.

Choudhary B, Shetty A, Langade DG. Ecacy of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera [L.] Dunal) in improving cardiorespiratory endurance in healthy athletic adults. Mar;36(1):63-8. doi: 10.4103/0974- 8520.169002. PMID: 26730141; PMCID: PMC4687242

Wankhede S, Langade D, Joshi K, Sinha SR, Bhattacharyya S. Examining the eect of Withania somnifera supplementation on muscle strength and recovery: a randomized controlled trial. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2015 Nov 25;12:43. doi: 10.1186/ s12970-015- 0104-9. PMID: 26609282; PMCID: PMC4658772.

Lopresti AL, Smith SJ, Malvi H, Kodgule R. An investigation into the stress-relieving and pharmacological actions of an ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) extract: A randomized, double-blind, placebocontrolled study. Medicine (Baltimore). 2019 Sep;98(37):e17186. doi: 10.1097/MD. 0000000000017186. PMID: 31517876; PMCID: PMC6750292.

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