Number four on the list of most-read science articles of 2014 goes to the ayurvedic herb that ‘smells like a horse’: Ashwagandha.
The herb has a history of use in ayurvedic medicine that dates back as much as 4,000 years to the teaching of renowned scholar Punarvasu Atreya, and in subsequent works that make up the ayurvedic tradition. The root is said to be redolent of horse sweat or urine.
The potential health benefits of ashwagandha is an ever-growing list, and data published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine indicated that healthy testosterone production and other metrics related to male sexual function may be added to that list.
Data from 46 men indicated that daily supplements of Ixoreal Biomed’s KSM-66 ashwagandha for 90 days were associated with a 17% increase in testosterone levels.
The full-spectrum root extract was also associated with increases in sperm count (167%), semen volume (53%), and sperm motility (57%).