There’s no consensus on how much ashwagandha you should take daily to increase testosterone levels. In clinical studies, most participants received 300 mg to 5 g of ashwagandha per day.
Ashwagandha, also known by its botanical name Withania somnifera, has been used as an Ayurvedic remedy for more than 3,000 years. Ayurveda is a traditional medicine system originating in India.
Ashwagandha is said to be an adaptogen, a substance that helps your body manage stress better. Ancient Ayurvedic texts also note that ashwagandha improves strength, sexual performance, fertility, and libido. And indeed, there are a few proven benefits of ashwagandha.
You may have heard that ashwagandha can boost testosterone levels. Testosterone is an essential hormone in promoting sex drive, muscle gain, and fertility. Although testosterone is considered an androgen (male hormone), everybody needs testosterone for some bodily functions.
But does ashwagandha actually increase testosterone? And if so, what dosage of ashwagandha should you take daily to improve testosterone levels?
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Although the link between ashwagandha and testosterone needs further study, a few clinical studies have found that ashwagandha may increase testosterone. In most studies, the participants received about 300 mg to 5 g of ashwagandha per day.
Men in the infertile group received 5 g of ashwagandha root powder daily. After 3 months, these men experienced improved testosterone levels. Their levels of luteinizing hormone, follicle-stimulating hormone, and prolactin also increased, as did their sperm count and sperm motility.
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled
The men who received ashwagandha showed a greater increase in testosterone levels. Their testosterone levels increased by 96.2 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). Comparatively, the men in the placebo group experienced an increase of 18.0 ng/dL.
After 3 months, all groups — but especially the highly stressed group — had improved testosterone levels and sperm quality. Of the 60 men, 8 of their partners had become pregnant by the end of the 3-month study.
A 2019 double-blind trial gave 21 mg of withanolide glycosides per day to overweight men, ages 40-70 years old, for 8 weeks. Withanolide glycosides are an extract of ashwagandha.
Those who received the treatment had increased testosterone levels compared with those who received a placebo. The treatment group also experienced improvements in energy levels, sexual well-being, and mental health.
Most recently, an 8-week
The bottom line
There’s no consensus on how much ashwagandha increases testosterone levels. However, the aforementioned clinical studies used between 300 mg and 5 g per day.
It may be best to speak with a healthcare professional with experience in Ayurvedic medicine for personalized advice.
Ashwagandha is generally considered
However, ashwagandha may not be safe if you:
- are pregnant or nursing
- have an autoimmune or thyroid disorder
- have hormone-sensitive prostate cancer
- have liver problems
Ashwagandha may not also be safe if you use certain medications. It may interact with:
- diabetes medication
- high blood pressure medication
- seizure medications (anticonvulsants)
- thyroid hormone medications
The possible side effects of ashwagandha
There’s no clear limit on the amount of ashwagandha you can use in one day. However, it’s essential not to take excessive amounts because ashwagandha may cause side effects.
Although many of the participants in the aforementioned studies used up to 5 g of ashwagandha per day, it’s best to consult with a professional before using any health product — including ashwagandha.
There isn’t enough research on the ideal amount of ashwagandha for testosterone daily.
However, the clinical trials on ashwagandha and testosterone typically gave participants between 300 mg and 5 g of ashwagandha each day.
Speaking with a medical professional before using ashwagandha is a good idea. They can advise you on the best ashwagandha dosage to use, when to use it, and how long to use it.