Does Ashwagandha Raise Testosterone Levels?
The short answer is, based on the evidence at hand, yes! But let’s get into the specifics of the herb and the case studies.
Used since the ancient times in Ayurvedic medicine, Ashwagandha (or to the scientific community Withania Somnifera) was said to give a man the power and vigor of a horse!
It’s been recently shown to have anti-cancer and neurological benefits but the most studied and proven aspect of it is its ability to combat stress and anxiety. (1, 2, 3)
That’s great! But what exactly are the effects on Testosterone?
How does an 18.7% increase in testosterone, an increase in strength to the tune of an average of 43.2 pounds on 1 rep bench press, an increase in muscle recovery post workout and an increase in fat loss sound?
That’s exactly what happened in a case study on 57 men between the ages of 18 – 64. (4)
We have to mention this study was performed on men who did not workout consistently prior to the study, so the increase in strength gains are unlikely to be replicated to that level on a man who lifts weights all the time.
But there is no denying the outcomes of the study were through the roof and blew away most people’s expectations.
Many Health Benefits:
The single biggest benefit of Ashwagandha extract maybe it’s ability to decrease stress levels and its negative effects which are wide ranging and can destroy many aspects of a man’s health, especially testosterone levels.
So it’s no surprise in the only human case study done to date looking for an increase in testosterone production, Ashwagandha was shown to increase testosterone, strength, muscle size and decrease body fat.
It’s also reported by many users their sleep has improved and sleep is another huge aspect in health testosterone production, endurance and workout recovery.
Our ancient ancestors apparently knew what they were talking about!
I highly recommend supplementing with Ashwagandha whether or not you are looking specifically for a testosterone boost because it affects so many crucial areas of living a great life.
If you do want to maximize your testosterone though, Ashwagandha is a must have.