Ashwagandha Increases Body Mass and Strength in Resistance Training Exercise

By Kyle J. Norton

Body mass calculated by the body mass index (BMI), is a value derived from the mass (weight) and height of a person.

The BMI indes = weight (kg)/ height (m2)
Weight loss is a process that intentionally reduces the total body mass, through the decrease of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue or lean mass.
Obesity is a medical condition of excess body fat has accumulated over time, while overweight is a condition of excess body weight relative to the height. 
According to the Body Mass Index(BMI), a BMI between 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, while a BMI of over 30 is an indication of obesity. According to the statistic, 68% of the American population is either overweight or obese.

In North America, over 68% of the US population is either overweight or obese.

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Resistance training is a type of exercise associated with the improvement of muscular strength and endurance used most in professional athletics.

The exercise is emphasized to move the limbs against resistance provided by your body weight, gravity, bands, weighted bars or dumbbells.

Today, most resistance training exercise is performed against exercise machines.

Body strength on the resistance training exercise is a type of workout that focuses on the entire body to build lean muscle tissue and strength.

Ashwagandha also is known as Withania somnifera is a nightshade plant in the genus of Withania, belonging to the family Solanaceae, native to the dry parts of India, North Africa, Middle East, and the Mediterranean.

The herbal medicine has been considered as Indian ginseng and used in Ayurvedic medicine over 3000 years to treat tumors and tubercular glands, carbuncles, memory loss, and ulcers and considered as anti-stress, cognition-facilitating, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging herbal medicine.

On finding a potent compound for enhancing the results of resistance training, researchers examined the effects of ashwagandha root extract consumption on muscle mass and strength in healthy young men engaged in resistance training.

The randomized, prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study included 57 young male subjects (18-50 years old) with little experience in resistance randomized into treatment (29 subjects) consumed 300 mg of ashwagandha root extract twice daily and placebo (28 subjects) groups consumed starch for 8 weeks.

Compared to the placebo subjects, the group treated with ashwagandha had significantly greater increases in muscle strength on the bench-press exercise and the leg-extension exercise and significantly greater muscle size increase at the arms.

Furthermore, Ashwagandha treatment group also showed a significant increase in muscle size on the chest.

Furthermore, the Ashwagandha treatment group also reduced the risk of exercise-induced muscle damage by stabilizing the serum creatine kinase and increased the production of testosterone level. compared to control.

Most importantly, comapred to control, the Ashwagandha treatment group demonstrated a significantly greater decrease in body fat percentage.

Based on the findings, researchers said, “ashwagandha supplementation is associated with significant increases in muscle mass and strength and suggests that ashwagandha supplementation may be useful in conjunction with a resistance training program”.

Taken altogether, Ashwagandha may be considered a functional herb that increases body mass and strength in resistance training, pending to the result of larger sample size and multicenter study

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Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it’s news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
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Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Examining the effect of Withania somnifera supplementation on muscle strengthand recovery: a randomized controlled trial by Wankhede S1, Langade D2, Joshi K3, Sinha SR4, Bhattacharyya S. (PubMed)