While scientific research supporting the use of ashwagandha in sports nutrition applications is in the formative stages, initial studies among healthy, high-level athletes such as hockey players and elite cyclists indicated positive results. Used for thousands of years as a stress-relieving rejuvenative herb that boosts energy, stamina and strength, the crossover to sports is a natural fit. Specifically, the adaptogen has been shown to decrease the breakdown of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), increase creatine levels, offer adrenal support, metabolize sugars and discourage body fat storage.
- As an adaptogen, the herb helps the body return to a state of normal functioning, or homeostasis.
- Ashwagandha increases energy production in muscles by helping mitochondria function more effectively.
- Sports formulations marketed to also support healthy testosterone levels may draw male customers.
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