ASHWAGANDHA

Our caffeine and ashwagandha supplement is derived from Withania Somnifera or Indian Ginseng. Known more commonly as 'ashwagandha' its sanskrit translation reads as imparting the 'strength of a horse'. Used as a revitalizing tonic in Indian medicine for thousands of years this super herb has a multitude of athletic and wellness benefits. The Podium Finish lozenge aims to unlock more than just stamina benefits from the adaptogenic herb. Let’s see what else is in the locker.

Anti-Inflammatory

In studies, Ashwagandha has been found to increase the activity of natural killer cells. These natural killer cells are immune cells that fight infection and help you stay healthy. Studies have shown a correlation between Ashwagandha consumption and decreased markers of inflammation.  This makes Ashwagandha a helpful aide in recovering from intense workout sessions.

VO2 Max

Ashwagandha may improve VO2 max in athletes by boosting lung capacity. This was evident in a study performed on elite Indian cyclists who showed improvements to VO2 max & time to exhaustion on a treadmill compared to their baseline parameters when supplementing with Ashwagandha.

Brain Function

Current research has shown that Ashwagandha may reduce memory and brain function problems caused by injury or disease. Ayurvedic (the traditional Hindu system of medicine) practitioners recommend it as a brain booster & a remedy for forgetfulness. Bonus Perk -  You'll never forget where you left your running trainers!

Muscle Mass

There are numerous studies linking Ashwagandha & improvements to body composition and increased strength. One particular study specifically looked at muscle gain vs fat reduction. The study found that those who took an Ashwagandha supplement had significantly greater gains in muscle strength & size compared to the participants in the controlled group.

Fertility

Ashwagandha may help boost fertility & promote reproductive health, especially in men. In one study, men who were experiencing infertility were given 5g of Ashwagandha daily. A number of participants showed increased sperm count & motility. Ashwagandha helps regulate the thyroid and adrenal glands which are responsible for maintaining the balance of the reproductive hormones.

CARDIORESPIRATORY PERFORMANCE

Several studies have suggested that Ashwagandha improves the hemoglobin (Hb) count and red blood cell (RBC) count. These two markers are important factors when determining the cardiovascular performance of an athlete. Scientists found that this increase in red blood cell mass correlated with an increase in the capacity of blood to transport oxygen at a greater rate. To further enhance the oxygen intake effect, our ashwagandha supplement contains menthol to clear the nasal passageways delivering greater breathability.

STAMINA

Podium Finish are the first company in the UK to utilize ashwagandha in a lozenge format. This makes our energy delivery system unique as we deliver stamina slowly. Studies have shown that Ashwagandha may improve VO2 max in athletes by boosting lung capacity. This was evident in a study performed on elite Indian cyclists who showed improvements to VO2 max & time to exhaustion on a treadmill. When the results were compared to their baseline parameters a marked increase was noticed with the athletes supplementing with Ashwagandha.

BRAIN FUNCTION

Current research has shown that ashwagandha may reduce memory problems and brain function problems caused by injury or disease. Ayurvedic (the traditional Hindu system of medicine) practitioners recommend it as a brain booster & a remedy for forgetfulness. Bonus Perk –  You’ll never forget where you left your running trainers!

INCREASED MUSCLE MASS

There are numerous studies linking ashwagandha with improvements to body composition and increased strength. One particular study specifically looked at muscle gain versus fat reduction. The study found that the participants who took an ashwagandha supplement had significantly greater gains in muscle strength and size, whilst body fat percentage reduced by almost double.

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INCREASED FERTILITY

Ashwagandha may help boost fertility and promote reproductive health, especially in men. In one study, men who were experiencing infertility were given 5g of ashwagandha daily. A number of participants showed increased sperm count & motility. Ashwagandha also enhances parts of the central nervous system and helps regulate the thyroid and adrenal glands. These glands are responsible for maintaining the balance of the reproductive hormones.

STRESS REDUCTION

Ashwagandha is as an adaptogen and is renowned for decreasing anxiety whilst regulating stress levels. In studies, ashwagandha was found to regulate chemical signalling in the nervous system which in turn, helped to balance stress reactions. Controlled human studies have also shown that it may reduce symptoms in people with stress and anxiety disorders including those with chronic stress related conditions.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

In human studies, Ashwagandha has been found to increase the activity of natural killer cells. These natural killer cells are immune cells that fight infection and help you stay healthy. Studies have shown a link between ashwagandha consumption and decreased markers of inflammation.  This makes ashwagandha a helpful aide in recovering from intense workout sessions. 

REDUCES CHOLESTEROL

In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, ashwagandha may improve heart health by reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Animal studies, such as one conducted with rats found that it lowered total cholesterol by 53%. Whilst controlled human studies have reported less dramatic results, scientists observed some impressive improvements in these markers.

COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE

Ashwagandha has been used as a nootropic to enhance mental function for thousands of years and research shows why. Ashwagandha is not only clinically shown to improve cognitive performance in healthy adults. It’s even been shown to improve memory, attention & information processing speed in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Handy for counting all the records you’ve beat!

WELLNESS

This medicinal herb is best known for its stress lowering effects. The stress hormone ‘cortisol’ encourages muscle breakdown, fat storage, and impaired recovery when excessive levels are found in the human body. One study found that ashwagandha root extract safely and effectively improves an individual’s resistance towards stress by keeping cortisol release at bay.