Sensoril vs KSM 66, which is better?
This is a very interesting question. As it stands, KSM 66 is the most popular and widely-used ashwagandha extract on the market. However, as it is such a roaring success, other manufacturers of herbal supplements are starting to offer (or at least market) alternatives to KSM 66.
Probably the only serious competitor to KSM 66 is Sensoril. Sensoril is another branded ashwagandha extract. The makers of Sensoril claim that their extract is far superior to any other ashwagandha extract on the market, including KSM 66.
Is this true?
Is Sensoril really the best ashwagandha extract on the market?
Which is better, KSM 66 or Sensoril?
Let’s look at both substances and find out!
Let’s take a look at some of the features of Sensoril as laid out on the manufacturer’s website.
According to Natreonic – makers of Sensoril – this ashwagandha extract offers the following unique benefits:
- Patented Leaf & Root Composition
- Standardized to 3 bioactives (Withanolide glycosides, Withaferin A, Oligosaccharides)
- Provides the highest level of bioactive on the market; >10% Withanolide glyocsides
- 12 Clinical Studies
- Lower Dose (beginning at 125mg / day); Lower Cost
- Non-GMO, Organic and Vegetarian
- Aqueous extraction process with 95% solubility in water
- Protected by multiple U.S. and international patents
- Kosher, Halal and Organic certified
- Self-affirmed GRAS
- Adaptogenic, Nootropic & Performance health benefits
An interesting thing to note here is that Sensoril contains Withaferin A, whereas KSM 66 makes a point of removing all Withaferin A from the extract.
So what about KSM 66?
The benefits of KSM 66 are laid out by the manufacturer as follows:
- KSM-66 is the highest concentration, most bioavailable full-spectrum root extract on the market today, retaining all the natural constituents of the herb in the original balance.
- KSM-66 is the ashwagandha root extract with the most extensive set of research studies and clinical trials.
- KSM-66 has the highest percentage of withanolides of all branded root-only extracts available today. It has more than 5% concentration of withanolides as measured by HPLC.
- The production of KSM-66 has tight vertical integration for high quality and price advantage. KSM-66’s maker is the only ashwagandha manufacturer in the world with its own farms, production facilities, testing laboratories, research center and distribution.
- KSM-66 is the botanical with the highest number of certifications. KSM-66 and its manufacturing have gone through the most extensive inspections and safety assessments in our industry for the labels of GMP (USP, NSF, NPA-UL, WHO), 100% USDA Organic, Non-GMO (Non-GMO Project Verified), Gluten Free (by GFCO), BSCG-drug free, Kosher, Halal, HACCP and several others.
- KSM-66 has a neutral taste and is not bitter like other ashwagandha extracts, making it an excellent choice for use in foods and beverages.
- KSM-66 has negligible levels of Withaferin A, a widely recognized cyto-toxic withanolide.
- KSM-66 is produced using a first-of-its-kind, unique extraction process, based on “Green Chemistry” principles, without using alcohol or any synthetic solvents.
- KSM-66 is GRAS Affirmed, Vegetarian, Safe and Shelf-stable.
As you can see, the removal of Withaferin A was quite deliberate, as some research points to it being cyto-toxic! This is indeed the case; a nuber of studies that it is effective in damaging tumour cells in vitro. However, don’t mistake this for a good thing; like all potential chemotherapeutic agents, Withaferin A is likely to severely damage healthy cells as well as tumour cells. Cancer researchers look for agents which have an attractive specificity to tumour cells, and Withaferin A may not have that specific attraction!
So which is better, KSM 66 or Sensoril?
Which should you use?
Should you use KSM 66 or Sensoril?
In our opinion, the answer to this question is quite obvious: the best ashwagandha extract is KSM 66.
KSM 66 has the highest bio-availability of all ashwagandha extracts currently on the market.
While Sensoril claims to have a potency of 10%, this is spread across 3 bioactives, of which one is likely cytotoxic.
KSM 66 is also of a higher quality in terms of providence; non-GMO, gluten-free, organic, and vegetarian friendly.
But most importantly for us, KSM 66 has a lot more scientific backing from robust clinical trials than Sensoril. There have been about a dozen trials conductd on Sensoril at most, whereas for KSM 66 it is severa dozens.