Wednesday, July 26, 2017

ASEA Healthy Wednesday: Ashwagandha for Stress

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My family always says "Bless you," when I say the name of this herb! If you remember all the "a" vowels will be pronounced "ah," you'll be saying it correctly.

Why do I take ashwagandha? Mainly for its adaptogenic functions: it helps my body deal with stress and decrease production of cortisol (a stress hormone).  It is sometimes called Indian Ginseng and has been used in traditional ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.

From the website
Ashwagandha is primarily used as an “adaptogen.” Adaptogens are substances that stabilize and balance various physiological processes within the body, especially in response to stress and a changing environment. For example, ashwagandha is known to reduce overall cellular sensitivity to stress.
Chronic stress is an ever-present facet of our modern lives and has been linked to a higher risk for a number of illnesses. In a 2016 study, a double-blind, randomized clinical trial was carried out on 52 people who were subjected to chronic stress and who received either 300 milligrams (mg) of ashwagandha or a placebo control twice daily.
Treatment with ashwagandha reduced stress levels felt by the study subjects, as assessed by various questionnaires. At the same time, blood cortisol levels (a reliable indicator of stress levels), body weight, and body mass index (BMI) were noticeably better in the ashwagandha treatment group when compared to controls. 

Similarly, 60 days of treatment with ashwagandha significantly reduced both stress and cortisol levels in 64 subjects in another double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial.
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