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Ashwagandha A Natural Remedy For Stress

by Vandy Aurora

There’s no doubt these are stressful times we are living in. From politics to economics, COVID-19, and climate change, the uncertainty of our daily lives has got us all a little edgy. So it’s no surprise people are increasingly turning to Ashwagandha for relief.

Ashwagandha is an herb long revered in traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicine for its ability to combat anxiety and reduce stress.** Known as the “Indian Ginseng,” the roots, leaves and berries are used in holistic Ayurvedic medicine for healing purposes. The scientific name of Ashwagandha is Withania Somnifera.

ashwagandha 500mg Recent studies in western medicine have investigated Ashwagandha’s ability to reduce the cortisol hormone produced by the adrenal gland when the body is under stress. According to a recent report in Healthline, “In a 60-day study in 64 people with chronic stress, those in the group that supplemented with Ashwagandha reported a 69% reduction in anxiety and insomnia, on average, compared with 11% in the placebo group.”

Researchers believe the natural sedative properties of Ashwagandha may be able to reduce cortisol levels, which can lead to a calmer outlook on life, and a better night’s sleep.** Scientists classify Ashwagandha as an “adaptogen” meaning it can help our bodies manage stress. Additional benefits from this Indian herb, according to WebMd, include its potential to lower blood sugar in type 2 diabetes, lower high cholesterol, and thanks to its antioxidant properties, reduce inflammation and blood pressure.**

At Vitamin World we think incorporating Ashwagandha in our daily life just might result in better physical and mental health, boost our overall well being, and help us get the sleep our immune system needs to stay strong.

Before taking any form of Ashwagandha always check with your doctor regarding dosage and any contraindications, underlying conditions, or (possible) interactions with other medications.

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