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Promotes General Well-Being*
Standardized Extract 470 mg

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Supplement Facts

As a dietary supplement, take one capsule daily.

Serving Size 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container 100
Amount Per Serving % DV
Ashwaganda Root Extract (Withania somnifera)(1.5% Withanolides = 7 mg) 470.00 mg **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Vegetable Cellulose Capsule, Cellulose, Maltodextrin, Dicalcium Phosphate

No Sugar, No Starch, No Artificial Colors, No Artificial Flavors, Sodium Free, No Wheat, No Gluten, No Corn, No Soy, No Dairy, Yeast Free.

Warning: Consult your physician prior to using this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition. Discontinue use two weeks prior to surgery.

Distributed by: General Nutrition Corporation Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Health Notes

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha
This nutrient has been used in connection with the following health goals
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Osteoarthritis
Dose: 1,000 mg daily boswellia resin herbal extract or two capsules, three times per day of Aticulin-F (formula containing 100 mg boswellia, 450 mg ashwagandha, 50 mg turmeric, and 50 mg zinc)
A combination of boswellia, ashwagandha, turmeric, and zinc effectively treated pain and stiffness in one study, without the stomach irritation that is a common side effect of NSAIDs.(more)
Immune Function
Dose: 3 to 6 grams daily of the dried root as tea or in a capsule
Ashwagandha stimulates the immune system and is considered a tonic or adaptogen-an herb with multiple actions that counteract the effects of stress and generally promote wellness.(more)
Stress
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Ashwagandha may be helpful for reducing the effects of stress, including chronic psychological stress.(more)
Osteoarthritis
Dose: 1,000 mg daily boswellia resin herbal extract or two capsules, three times per day of Aticulin-F (formula containing 100 mg boswellia, 450 mg ashwagandha, 50 mg turmeric, and 50 mg zinc)

Boswellia has anti-inflammatory properties that have been compared to those of the NSAIDs used by many for inflammatory conditions.1 Clinical trials have found that boswellia is more effective than a placebo for relieving pain and swelling and preventing loss of function in people with osteoarthritis.2 Boswellia has also been found to be as effective as the anti-inflammatory drug valdecoxib (Bextra). In addition, while the improvements occurred more slowly in the boswellia group than in the valdecoxib group, they persisted for a longer period of time after treatment was discontinued.3 One clinical trial found that a combination of boswellia, ashwagandha, turmeric, and zinc effectively treated pain and stiffness associated with OA but did not improve joint health, according to X-rays of the affected joint.4 Unlike NSAIDs, long-term use of boswellia does not lead to irritation or ulceration of the stomach.

References

1. Safayhi H, Mack T, Saieraj J, et al. Boswellic acids: Novel, specific, nonredox inhibitors of 5-lipoxygenase. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 1992;261:1143-6.

2. Kimmatkar N, Thawani V, Hingorani L, Khiyani R. Efficacy and tolerability of Boswellia serrata extract in treatment of osteoarthritis of knee - a randomized double blind placebo controlled trial. Phytomedicine 2003;10:3-7.

3. Sontakke S, Thawani V, Pimpalkhute S, et al. Open, randomized, controlled clinical trial of Boswellia serrata extract as compared to valdecoxib in osteoarthritis of knee. Indian J Pharmacol 2007;39:27-9.

4. Kulkarni RR, Patki PS, Jog VP, et al. Treatment of osteoarthritis with a herbomineral formulation: A double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study. J Ethnopharmacol 1991;33:91-5.

Immune Function
Dose: 3 to 6 grams daily of the dried root as tea or in a capsuleAshwagandha is considered a general stimulant of the immune system,1 and has been called a tonic or adaptogen2-an herb with multiple, nonspecific actions that counteract the effects of stress and generally promote wellness. More research is needed to better evaluate these claims.
References

1. Wagner H, Norr H, Winterhoff H. Plant adaptogens. Phytomedicine 1994;1:63-76.

2. Bone K. Clinical Applications of Ayurvedic and Chinese Herbs. Queensland, Australia: Phytotherapy Press, 1996, 137-41.

Stress
Dose: Refer to label instructions

The herbs discussed here are considered members of a controversial category known as adaptogens, which are thought to increase the body's resistance to stress, and to generally enhance physical and mental functioning.1, 2 Many animal studies have shown that various herbal adaptogens have protective effects against physically stressful experiences,3, 4 but whether these findings are relevant to human stress experiences is not always clear.

Animal studies have suggested that ashwagandha may be helpful for reducing the effects of stress,5, 6, 7 including chronic psychological stress.8 In a double-blind study of people experiencing chronic stress, supplementation with 300 mg per day of a concentrated ashwaganda extract for 60 days significantly decreased perceived stress, compared with a placebo.9

An herbal formula from the Ayurvedic medicine tradition, containing extracts of ashwagandha, asparagus, pueraria, argyreia, dioscorea, mucuna, and piper, has been studied as an aid to coping with the stress of military combat. A double-blind study found that soldiers performed similarly in a set of mental and psychological tests after an eight-day combat mission whether they were given two capsules daily (exact content not revealed) of this formula or a placebo.10 This suggests there was no real benefit of the herbal formula under these conditions.

References

1. Brekhman II, Dardymov IV. New substances of plant origin which increase nonspecific resistance. Annu Rev Pharmacol 1969;9:419-30 [review].

2. Panossian A, Wikman G, Wagner H. Plant adaptogens. III. Earlier and more recent aspects and concepts on their mode of action. Phytomedicine 1999;6:287-300 [review].

3. Rege NN, Thatte UM, Dahanukar SA. Adaptogenic properties of six rasayana herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine. Phytother Res 1999;13:275-91 [review].

4. Wagner H, Norr H, Winterhoff H. Plant adaptogens. Phytomedicine 1994;1:63-76.

5. Bhattacharya S, Goel R, Kaur R, Ghosal S. Anti-stress activity of sitoindosides VII and VIII, new acylsterylglucosides from Withania somnifera. Phytother Res 1987;1:32-39.

6. Grandhi A, Mujumdar AM, Patwardhan B. A comparative pharmacological investigation of Ashwagandha and Ginseng. J Ethnopharmacol 1994;44:131-5.

7. Dhuley JN. Effect of ashwagandha on lipid peroxidation in stress-induced animals. J Ethnopharmacol1998;60:173-8.

8. Bhattacharya SK, Muruganandam AV. Adaptogenic activity of Withania somnifera: an experimental study using a rat model of chronic stress. Pharmacol Biochem Behav 2003;75:547-55.

9. Chandrasekhar K, Kapoor J, Anishetty S. A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults. Indian J Psychol Med 2012;34:255-62.

10. Gopinathan PM, Grover SK, Gupta AK, Srivastava KK. Effects of a composite Indian herbal preparation on combat effectiveness in low-intensity-conflict operations. Mil Med1999;164:814-9.

Parts Used & Where Grown

Ashwagandha, which belongs to the pepper family, is found in India and Africa. The roots of ashwagandha are used medicinally.

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    4.0

    Helps with sleep

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      Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Ashwagandha Extract:

      Ashwagandha is one of those herbs that fall under the category of "adaptogens". The concept of an adaptogen is a bit more of an Eastern theme, and most modern Western medicine question the validity of it. The cynic in me says that the Western, commercially-driven, money grubbing society that we are in the West, particularly the pharmaceutical industry, is doing a great job spreading fear into people to not trust anything natural or herbal! A search in google Scholar will bring up numerous studies with Ashwagandha, with almost all showing a wide range of reputed benefits, which is characteristic of an adaptogen. It is well studied. At least for me, this helps my body's response to stress and fatigue, and, when taken in the evening (45 min before bed) with some herbal tea, produces a nice gentle sedative effect, helping me get a good night sleep. It really works! No groggy feeling in the morning.

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        Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Ashwagandha Extract:

        I'm a 60 y/o man that recently experienced forced-retirement, foreclosure filed on my home, selling that home (to avoid foreclosure), buying another home with my life's-savings, moving and doing DIY repairs to the entire house - on a budget. Life is pretty tough when you experience these things in a short period (within a year). So, I wasn't sleeping so good because of worrying about the house, inspectors, etc. and that cost me my energy and my mojo. Well, while shopping a BOGO sale at GNC online I saw this ashwagandha (GNC 470mg), did a little research (I'd never heard of the stuff) and decided to try it. Six hours is how long it took for me to notice that I was feeling very different from the past year (or years). I had forgotten I took the stuff around 8:30 a.m. around 3:30 p.m. I just felt good about the work I was doing on the house. I wasn't forgetting where I left tools I used an hour earlier and I didn't have to stop and think "ok, what was I working on before my thoughts strayed to another project?" When I punched-out for the day I noticed I felt calm, but very alert and just comfortable or "satisfied" with life. That night I fell right to sleep and slept (good REM-type sleep)about 8 hours (I also take 5mg melatonin). So, I took another at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. the next day and felt about the same all day as the day before when I only took one. I experienced a complete loss of stress and that made every other aspect of "life" good. So that old saying about "falling into a barrel of poop and coming out smellin' like a rose" has real application here. I've been taking 1 470 mg standardized extract daily for about a month with no "bad" side effects. I thank God for this "accidental-find"!

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          I have PTSD and found that it had a immediate result, helping me to focus better then I have in years. Better than many script meds that the VA provided.

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          I have bought this product again & again

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              Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Ashwagandha Extract:

              I don't use this every evening, but almost every-other-night, & it seems to work well for me that way.

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              smells awful!!!

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              I bought these after reading several articles about their energy increasing effects. I do not notice a big difference but I have only been taking them for about 1 week. I haven't notice any positive effects to make me recommend them at this time, but I have read many medical articles recommending them so I will continue taking them based on that.

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