Staying up to date on the latest in sports nutrition is important because what one puts into their body will have an ultimate impact on the output they receive from their training. Bodybuilders and athletes looking to boost their performance with all-natural supplements should consider integrating adaptogenic herbs and botanicals like ashwagandha which has been shown to increase endurance, muscle strength and reduce recovery time. This ancient herb is giving fitness enthusiasts the competitive edge they desire.
“The advantages of adaptogen supplementation are widely researched and backed by science,” said James Oliver, certified sports nutritionist and founder of Atlas Bar. “By supporting the nervous system and adrenal function, adaptogens help preserve energy during moments of stress including high-intensity exercise, thus fighting fatigue and boosting endurance.”
Adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha have recently taken center stage in the world of sports nutrition with clinically proven results that help the body adapt to both physical and mental stressors. In fact, they have become increasingly popular and are found in about 1/3 of all-natural nutritional and bodybuilding supplements. While you may have seen the name, have you taken the time to research exactly what ashwagandha is and discovered all the benefits it provides?
This ancient herb (Withania somnifera) is a naturally derived herbal ingredient that is clinically proven to support sports performance, muscle strength and recovery at a cellular level. Ashwagandha can help give bodybuilders the endurance they need for the long haul because the energy it provides does not result in a crash. The reason it can perform this task is that it “increases creatine levels, which in turn generates ATP, providing rapid energy.” This rapid energy can be used without leaving a depletion because it helps the body regulate cortisol release in a timely manner.
With increased clinical research on adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha, the results show that they have been “clinically proven to moderate cortisol levels by 30 percent and reduce anxiety by nearly 50 percent within 60 days of use.” In addition, ashwagandha has been shown to improve the rate of recovery after exercise as well as increase endurance while boosting muscular strength.
Oliver concludes, “Ashwagandha gives weight-lifters like myself an overall mind and body balance. By working at a cellular level, it supports the adrenals, rescues the body from burn-out and improves workload metrics. Whether you are supplementing with this herb or enjoying it in foods like protein bars and shakes, I think you will see why this ancient herb is turning heads in the world of fitness.”
About: James Oliver, certified sports nutritionist and Iron Man triathlete is the creator of Atlas Bar, a wildly popular keto-friendly protein bar line available on amazon.com or https://atlasbars.com/
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