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Is Ashwagandha Good For Anxiety & Depression?

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Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Curejoy Expert Dr.Janardhana Hebbar Explains:

Cortisol, also called the “stress hormone”, is our body’s response when faced with threat. It is our “flight or fight response” that heightens energy (for survival) and immunity, lowers our sensitivity to pain. It readies the body for a fatal eventuality. While cortisol is an important and helpful part of the body’s response to stress, the post-stress relaxation response, to get the body’s functions back to normal, doesn’t get activated quickly and long enough to cover the damage, leading to a state of chronic stress.

Cortisol creates long term fatigue and mental fogginess, and brain structures for emotion and memory are damaged when cortisol is too high.

Numerous studies, across many countries, have proved even in human trials the impact that ashwagandha has on reducing serum cortisol levels by about 28% while also reducing fasting blood sugar levels, and improving lipid profiles.

Also stress can cause increased peroxidation of lipids, while decreasing levels of the antioxidant enzymes – catalase and glutathione – peroxidase. Ashwagandha extract has shown to reduce these parameters of free radical damage, proving to be a wonderful prescription for stress and anxiety afflicted patients.

Suggested read: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About…Ashwagandha!

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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Prateek Saxena
Prateek Saxena 5pts

Any more information on long term use over a year or so?

Raj Kumar
Raj Kumar 5pts

yes it does , I am taking it

Ambi Cool
Ambi Cool 5pts

Ashwagandha churna 1tsp take it milk with milk before bed....Anastasia Sideris

Anastasia Sideris
Anastasia Sideris 5pts

Great posts, but, unfortunately you don't giive enough information as to where you can buy this and how much do you take?????

Meli Ssa
Meli Ssa 5pts

Kelly. Another natural supplement. \U0001f60a I'd like to try!

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