Ashwagandha has been prized in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine for its health-giving properties for over 3,000 years. Made from the root of the Withania somnifera Dunal plant, it is enjoying a recent surge in demand as consumers around the world look for natural solutions to health and wellness, particularly adaptogens that promote balance within the body and help the body adapt to stressful conditions.
An industry leader in clinical studies
The recent boom in consumer demand for ashwagandha is in part due to an expanding body of clinical research that is shining light on the mechanisms behind its health-giving properties.
Ixoreal Biomed, the makers of KSM-66, which partners with top academic and research institutes to investigate the effectiveness of KSM-66, is considered an industry leader in research on ashwagandha. With 24 studies, including 16 published studies and six ongoing trials, under its belt, Ixoreal Biomed always follows the gold standard of rigorous, scientific protocol for its clinical studies, all of which have randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled designs.
These human studies offer extensive clinical evidence showing KSM-66 to be effective in supporting a variety of health conditions, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving memory and cognitive function, and promoting strength, cardio-respiratory endurance and immunity in athletes.
Researchers have also shown that KSM-66 ashwagandha extract boosts sexual wellness in both men and women, improve testosterone production in and alleviate perimenopausal symptoms in women.
Cutting edge R&D and manufacturing process
Ixoreal Biomed continues to be as passionate about ashwagandha today as when it started, and spent 14 years in the R&D laboratory finetuning its technique to produce its potent ashwagandha root extract.
KSM-66 is full-spectrum ashwagandha extracted from 100% ashwagandha roots – never the leaves – made by Ixoreal Biomed using gentle extraction techniques that follow the principles of green chemistry. A full-spectrum extract maintains the natural balance of the various active components that exist in the original herb. It is believed that ashwagandha has so many wide-ranging health benefits because of its complex blend of active phytochemicals that operate synergistically at a systemic level within the human body.
That it has just one product in its portfolio – KSM-66 – demonstrates the company’s unwavering confidence in this ingredient, produced in state-of-the-art modern manufacturing facilities that respect ancient Ayurvedic principles.
KSM-66 retains both the hydrophilic components and lipophilic components of the raw root and contains the highest percentage of withanolides (5%) of all branded root-only extracts available today. Manufacturers using KSM-66 can therefore rest assured that is a highly functional extract that will allow them to deliver on their product’s health claims.
A trusted supplier with a transparent supply chain
There is great variability in the quality, purity and bioavailability of ashwagandha extracts on the market today, and the American Botanical Council (ABC) recently warned about a rise in adulterated ashwagandha products that contain the dry leaf, which has different and undesirable active molecules compared to the roots, and is intended for topical application only, despite claiming to be made from the root.
Brands looking to tap into ashwagandha’s health halo should therefore look for trusted suppliers with transparent supply chains and rigorous processing techniques to ensure their products can meet consumers’ expectations.
KSM-66 is made by family-owned company Ixoreal Biomed, which owns and controls its entire supply chain, from the organic certified farms where the roots of ashwagandha are handpicked to the factories where it is manufactured using a proprietary process that took over a decade to perfect.
Highest number of Quality certifications in the market
With 36 certifications (and counting) KSM-66® Ashwagandha root is the indisputable leader in quality.
In today’s no nonsense era, consumers want more evidence and validation not only in terms of therapeutic claims and scientific research, but also in terms of the quality of the products. Undoubtedly, quality is becoming a necessity in today's marketplace pertaining to the manufacture of herbal and dietary supplements. Quality certifications provide some assurance that a company is committed to best practices in its production and supply chain.
KSM-66® and its manufacturing units have the following wide-spanning certifications:
Good Manufacturing Practices: GMP (USP, NSF, NPA-UL, WHO, Govt of Telangana)
Food safety and Quality: FSMA-FSVP (Foreign Supplier Verification Program), GRAS, GFSI (FSSC 22000, BRC, SQF, HACCP), Non-GMO Project Verification, Gluten-Free, Halal, Kosher, Certified R.A.W, Certified C.L.E.A.N., BSCG Certified Drug Free, Vegecert and Glyphosate Residue Free.
Organic: USDA, EU, Canada, India.
ISO: ISO (9001, 14001, 22000, 45001)
Sustainability and Transparency: Friend of the Earth, ID Verified, Tru ID
There is perhaps no other botanical ingredient on the planet that can claim this bounty of independent, third-party verifications.
Better taste profile for Foods & Beverages
Free-flowing, shelf-stable and with a neutral taste, KSM-66 has been developed for use in a huge range of applications. Product developers can add the benefits of ashwagandha root to dietary supplements, including capsules, tablets, soft-gels and liquids, and to food and beverages such as functional waters, chocolate, energy drinks, gummies, and bars.
Best Selling Extract of Ashwagandha on the Market
KSM-66 ashwagandha root extract has become the best-selling ashwagandha products on the market today thanks to its usage of roots alone, extensive clinical studies, vertical integration, and unique aqueous extraction process. It has been tried and trusted by some of the biggest health and wellness brands around the world like Walmart, Pfizer, Bayer, Nestle, Mars, Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, Costco, GNC etc and is currently used in over 1000 products.
Be sure to join KSM-66 in their expert session titled "Adaptogens and the Ashwagandha boom" on Wednesday, June 16 at 12:30 PM at the Fi Global CONNECT - Health ingredients in the Spotlight online event.