Ashwagandha is touted for many ailments and more..
It is claimed to be good for hair.
But Is Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
good for hair growth?
A journal article in the J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2015 Nov 25;12:43. doi: 10.1186/s12970-015-0104-9. eCollection 2015.
Examining the effect of Withania somnifera supplementation on muscle strength and recovery: a randomized controlled trial, discusses the effects of
"ashwagandha root extract consumption on muscle mass and strength in healthy young men engaged in resistance training."
In this 8-week, randomized, prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study, 57 young male subjects (18-50 years old) with little experience in resistance training were randomized into treatment (29 subjects) and placebo (28 subjects) groups. Subjects in the treatment group consumed 300 mg of ashwagandha root extract twice daily, while the control group consumed starch placebos.
Read entire study....
"the group treated with ashwagandha had significantly greater increases in muscle strength on the bench-press exercise (Placebo: 26.4 kg, 95% CI, 19.5, 33.3 vs. Ashwagandha: 46.0 kg, 95% CI 36.6, 55.5; p = 0.001) and the leg-extension exercise (Placebo: 9.8 kg, 95% CI, 7.2,12.3 vs. Ashwagandha: 14.5 kg, 95 % CI, 10.8,18.2; p = 0.04), and significantly greater muscle size increase at the arms (Placebo: 5.3 cm(2), 95% CI, 3.3,7.2 vs. Ashwagandha: 8.6 cm(2), 95% CI, 6.9,10.8; p = 0.01) and chest (Placebo: 1.4 cm, 95% CI, 0.8, 2.0 vs. Ashwagandha: 3.3 cm, 95% CI, 2.6, 4.1; p < 0.001).
And the study showed
Compared to the placebo subjects, the subjects receiving ashwagandha also had significantly greater reduction of exercise-induced muscle damage as indicated by the stabilization of serum creatine kinase (Placebo: 1307.5 U/L, 95% CI, 1202.8, 1412.1, vs. Ashwagandha: 1462.6 U/L, 95% CI, 1366.2, 1559.1; p = 0.03), significantly greater increase in testosterone level (Placebo: 18.0 ng/dL, 95% CI, -15.8, 51.8 vs. Ashwagandha: 96.2 ng/dL, 95% CI, 54.7, 137.5; p = 0.004),
So testosterone levels went up with ashwagandha. Increase in testosterone increases Free T and DHT levels which causes hair loss.
Other REPORTED SIDE EFFECTS ARE MOOD SWINGS AND ACNE OUTBREAKS AND NIPPLE SENSITIVITY.
Check to see if your collagen complex or hair vitamin has ashwagandha. Not only can it cause hair loss but it can grow facial hair on women. Not a pleasant thought...
Help Hair products do not contain ashwagandha.