Is Ashwagandha Good For Anxiety & Depression?

Is Ashwagandha Good For Anxiety & Depression?

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!

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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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