Ashwagandha for Stress

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Ashwagandha root extract (Withania somnifera) appears to be highly effective in reducing stress in adults, according to different scientific studies.

Benefits of Ashwagandha

Researchers found that participants who took a dosage of anywhere between 240 milligrams and 600 milligram of ashwagandha daily for 60 days experienced improved:

  • sleep quality
  • productivity
  • mental calmness
  • relaxation
  • better mood

Ashwagandha Reduces Cortisol

Blood tests showed a reduction in levels of the stress hormone cortisol among all study participants.

Ashwagandha is considered an adaptogenic herb, meaning that it can help normalize the body’s systems.

Selected Sources:

“A prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration, full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults”by K. Chandrasekhar et al., Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, 1/14/13

"An investigation into the stress-relieving and pharmacological actions of an ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) extract: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study" by A.L. Lopresti et al., Medicine, 9/19

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