Ashwagandha Sensoril® Plus
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Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera), the first recognized herb of Ayurveda, has been called the “king of all herbs” and has been used and cultivated in India for centuries. A powerhouse of natural antioxidants, this botanical herb is central to the Ayurvedic lifestyle. In Ayurveda, Withania Somnifera, also known as Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng is considered a “Rasayana” herb, meaning “path of the essence” in Sanskrit. Rasayana herbs prolong life according to Ayurveda and ensure a natural balance in the body. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb traditionally used to help maintain a healthy balance between body and mind.
Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole body”) medicine. It was developed in India over 3000 years ago. It is based on the belief that health and well-being depend on a delicate balance between mind, body and soul.
Withanolides are an important bioactive component of the Ashwagandha. According to Ayurvedic, Ashwagandha is more than just a high withanolide herb. The synergistic effects of the various ingredients are very important to get the maximum effectiveness from this high-quality herb. Ashwagandha extract must contain at least the bioactive substances Withanolide glycosides and Oligosaccharides.
Withanolide Glycosides are a group of naturally occurring compounds found in various plants, in addition to Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng) also e.g. Panax Ginseng. Withanolide Glycosides support the immune system and help with stress. Withanolide Glycosides have hundreds of metabolites; however, the predominant bioactive compounds are Withaferin A, Withaferin D and Withanone. Withaferin A is one of the most studied Withanolides and supports heart, brain health and a healthy immune response.
As a powerful antioxidant, Withaferin A is an important part of the broad-spectrum formula, but also much discussed. Withaferin A would be too potent at too high a dose and would reduce its effectiveness and increase the risk of side effects. Therefore, extensive toxicity studies have been conducted to ensure that Withaferin A and other Withanolides are not toxic to healthy cells when consumed in a reasonable dose. No adverse reactions were noted at doses up to 2g/kg/day standardized to three percent Withaferin A.
Oligosaccharides are a bioactive component of Ashwagandha that is often overlooked. Oligosaccharides are a type of carbohydrate that is essential for normal cellular function. Oligosaccharides also contribute to the soluble fiber content that supports digestion and heart health. Soluble fiber is critical for healthy digestion and can act as a prebiotic to help maintain healthy bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Including soluble fiber as part of a healthy diet supports healthy cardiovascular function.
In Ayurvedic thought, all parts of the plant and root are used to get a broad-spectrum formula for wide application and optimal efficacy. There are many misunderstandings about the use of the plant part (the leaves) of the Withania Somnifera. Providers of Ashwagandha root extracts alone put the use of the leaves in poor light; There would be less research into the functioning of the leaf and the root. There would be fewer active substances in the leaf, the leaf would reduce its effectiveness. What are these statements based on, ‘where there is smoke, there is fire’ right?
Ashwagandea is one of the most researched adaptogenic herb, both leaf and root are represented in many studies. The leaf contains no less active ingredients, research has also shown that the Ashwagandha leaves and roots contain different concentrations of the different active substances. Using the leaf in a leaf/root broad-spectrum formula increases the concentration of Withanolide Glycosides. But the Ashwagandha leaves also contain a high concentration of Withaferin A, the high concentration is so high that it would reduce its effectiveness.
The Ashwagandha leaves supplement the various active substances and/or increase the concentration so that a broad-spectrum formula is created as intended by Ayurvedic thought. It is important to standardize the concentration of Withaferin A at a non-toxic level so that this powerful oxidant also has its correct effects in the formula.
Sensoril® Ashwagandha is developed and produced by the Natreon in the Indian city of Kolkata (formerly called Calcutta). Natreon’s botanical ingredients are derived from nature and based on Ayurveda traditional Indian medicine. The extracts are purified and standardized using proprietary technology that results in optimal levels of bioactive components. All of our ingredients are patent protected and have been tested in multiple clinical studies to ensure safety, efficacy and authenticity. Natreon has been a leader in the nutraceutical industry for over 20 years with extensive expertise in botanical cultivation and extraction.
Sensoril® Ashwagandha is an adaptogen derived from a unique blend of both leaves and roots of the Withania Somnifera plant, through a complete natural water extraction process, to provide optimal efficacy and bioactive diversity. This proprietary extract, with over 95% water solubility. Sensoril®, as the original holistic ashwagandha extract, is GRAS confirmed, non-GMO verified and certified organic.
The Ashwagandha is grown in central and northwestern India. Ashwagandha seeds are sown under a thin layer of sand in a nursery bed before the summer monsoon season starts around June. After about 40 days, the seedlings are transplanted to a field where they grow to full maturity. They are harvested when the plants have developed berries and the leaves are dry, about 160 to 180 days after sowing. Ashwagandha has been extracted from wild plants in India for thousands of years. Natreon continues this tradition, Sensoril® Ashwagandha is sourced from Madhya Pradesh in central India and the organic varieties come from certified organic farms in India. These farms provide a sustainable sourcing method that benefits the local farmers, improving their livelihoods and the local economy.
Quality is ensured by a holistic extract, by selecting the right chemotype and genotype of the plant, involving the right geographic area, harvesting at the right time, using both leaves and roots and optimizing the extraction process. The specifications for the bioactive level are: Withanolide Glycosides ≥10%, Oligosaccharides ≥32% and Withaferin A ≤0.5%, a proprietary compound. Quality control is carried out using the latest analytical techniques, such as HPLC and UPLC.
Applications of Ashwagandha Sensoril® Plus
Health claims, approved by the European Commission.
Ashwagandha Sensoril® Plus contributes to 30 health areas, approved by the European Commission. Below is a brief summary of these health claims.
- Supports the immune system.
- Supports the energy level.
- Good for the mood.
- Contributes to the protection of cells against oxidative damage.
- Good for the ability to concentrate.
- Contributes to extra energy in case of fatigue and lethargy.
- Contributes to normal psychological function.
- Promotes resistance during and after physical effort.
- Important for blood vessels.
- Good for the muscles
- Good for memory.
- Good for learning performance.
- Favorable for a good mental balance.
- Contributes to normal fertility of the man and woman.
- To maintain healthy skin.
See the ‘Health Claims‘ section for all health claims divided into health areas.
Health claims, currently under consideration by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
- Contributes to adaptability in stress situations.
- Contributes to the normal functioning of the heart.
- Has a beneficial effect on heart and blood vessels.
- Helps promote sleep readiness.
- Contributes to the maintenance of healthy airways.
- Helps protect against signs of old age.
- Good for the night rest.
Highly standardized on ≥10% Withanolide Glycosides, ≥32% Oligosaccharides and low on ≤0.5% Withaferin A
Withanolide Glycosides, Oligosaccharides and Withaferin A isolated from Ashwagandha is, among others, an important health supporting active component. The extract of Ashwagandha in Ashwagandha Sensoril® Plus is standardized on ≥10% Withanolide Glycosides, ≥32% Oligosaccharides and ≤0.5% Withaferin A.
Botanical Vitamins supplements with the PLUS designation in the name have additional nutrients in their composition in addition to the main ingredient. The nutrients (vitamins, minerals and plant extracts) in the Botanical Vitamins PLUS formula have been carefully formulated so that, in addition to their independent properties, they also enhance the properties of the main ingredient in the supplement. See the ‘PLUS formula‘ section for more information.
Suitable for vegetarians, easy to swallow and free from unhealthy additives
Ashwagandha Sensoril® Plus is encapsulated in vegan HPMC capsules. HPMC stands for hydroxypropylcellulose is made from cellulose. The fabric is extracted from wood. Cellulose is actually an indigestible vegetable fiber and is recognized as such by our body. HPMC is similar to cellulose, but is much more soluble and is considered safe for human consumption.
Capsules containing a botanical extract are usually size #00, length 24 mm, diameter 9 mm. There is a large group of people who have difficulty swallowing this capsule size easily. The capsules used for Ashwagandha Sensoril® Plus are size #1, length 19 mm, diameter 7 mm. By not using unnecessary additives and dividing the reference intake doses over more capsules, we can use this easy to swallow size.
Because Ashwahandha is ‘enormous’ sticky as an extract, the producer had to add anti-caking agents so that the Ashwagandha remains workable. Ashwagandha Sensoril® Plus contains maltodextrin and silicon dioxide as anti-caking agents. These additives have no side effects. It is sometimes reported about silicon dioxide that it makes absorption by the body more difficult because the silicon dioxide would envelop the active substance. This is not proven, but it is possible that the story came into existence because some producers also use the ‘cheaper’ substance silicon dioxide as a filler. And so an unnecessary amount of silicon dioxide is used. The use of maltodextrin and silicon dioxide in Ashwagandha Sensoril® Plus is minimal and only used to ensure a steady dose of Ashwagandha is filled into the capsules.
100% compostable packaging
The compostable stand-up pouches from Botanical Vitamins are made from renewable raw materials (kraft paper and PLA) and can be composted both ‘industrial’ and ‘home’ under the right conditions. The materials used comply with European food safety requirements and are TÜV certified (EN13432). These stand-up pouches are suitable for packaging Food and Non-food products.