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Ashwagandha may reduce anxiety and stress

Known as a multipurpose herb and "rejuvenator" used in ancient Ayurvedic1 and Chinese medicine for thousands of years, ashwagandha2 (Withania somnifera) is a plant native to India with a host of bioactive functions.

Ashwagandha is one of the few true adaptogenic herbs that helps your body adapt to stress3 by balancing your immune system,4 metabolism and hormonal systems.5 As noted in the medical review, "Scientific Basis for the Therapeutic Use of Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha)":6

"Studies indicate ashwagandha possesses anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antistress, antioxidant, immunomodulatory, hemopoietic, and rejuvenating properties. It also appears to exert a positive influence on the endocrine, cardiopulmonary, and central nervous systems … Toxicity studies reveal that ashwagandha appears to be a safe compound."

While some adaptogens are stimulants in disguise, this is not the case with ashwagandha. It can give your morning exercise a boost, yet when taken before bed it can help you get a good night's sleep as well. It's also capable of "intelligently" upregulating or downregulating your adre­nal cortisol as needed, which makes it a valuable adjunct against stress and anxiety.

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Posted by George Freund on June 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM 78 Views