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Ashwagandha Relieves Stress

How Does Ashwagandha Help Relieve Stress?
Ashwagandha is such an amazing healing herb. It’s wonderful in helping ease anxiety and in restoring your immune system after being sick. Ashwagandha has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. If you are experiencing any symptoms of anxiety, memory loss, or a decrease in energy levels try Pure Encapsulation’s Ashwagandha .

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that has amazing benefits on mood

Ashwagandha the Adaptogenic Herb

What are some Ashwaganda Benefits?

  • Boost immunity
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Stabilize blood sugar
  • Reduce brain cell degeneration
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Combat effects of stress
  • Increase stamina and endurance

 

Ashwagandha for Stress Reduction
In a clinical trial, patients having chronic stress took 300 mg capsules of Ashwagandha or a placebo twice daily for 2 months. The participants were then asked to answer three questionnaires they had also filled out at the beginning of the study. The difference in their scores was remarkable.

Patients who were part of  the Ashwagandha group showed reduction in symptoms of chronic stress. Reduction in the severity stress score was 44%, physical symptoms score was 76.1%, anxiety and insomnia score was 69.7%, social dysfunction score 68.1% and severe depressive symptoms score 79.3%.

People who took Ashwagandha had fewer physical symptoms of anxiety and depression, felt calmer and slept better. Their productivity also increased.

Ashwagandha for Anti-anxiety
In studies conducted on rats, Ashwagandha acted as a mood stabilizer and had an anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effect on rats suffering from anxiety and depression. Its effect was comparable with that of diazepam, a standard anxiolytic drug.

In other studies it was also observed that Ashwagandha induces a calming anxiolytic effect that is comparable to the drug Lorazepam in all three standards. Ashwagandha also exhibits an antidepressant effect, comparable with that induced by imipramine.

Ashwagandha for Weight management
A 2016 study of body weight management followed 52 subjects under chronic stress. Half the group received ashwagandha root extract and half received a placebo. Over 8 weeks both groups were assessed for food cravings, serum cortisol, body weight and body mass index. The ashwagandha group showed improved scores in all categories, while the placebo group did not.

Ashwagandha for Better Sleep
Ashwagandha has been studied for it’s use as a remedy in insomnia caused by stress, anxiety and depression. It works by binding to GABA receptors. It produces calming, anti‐anxiety, anti‐convulsive, highly‐stabilizing effects. Excessive neuronal activity leads to restlessness and insomnia, but GABA in the brain inhibits the number of nerve cells that fire, and helps to reduce anxiety, uplift mood, and induce sleep.

Ashwagandha for Brain Fog
When used in a trial for those suffering with beginning symptoms of brain fog, a 2017 study of 50 adults examined the safety and efficacy of ashwagandha in memory improvement and cognitive function. While the placebo group showed no particular improvement in cognitive function, the ashwagandha group tested better in immediate and general memory, improved executive function, attention and information processing speed.

Stock up on ashwagandha today before the holiday season.

Recommended dosage is 500 mg 2 x daily.
After just a few weeks you will notice a difference.
Some people notice a difference in only 5 days.

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IBS and Colitis associated with Depression and Anxiety

In a study presented at Digestive Disease Week patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS or Ulcerative Colitis UC had similarly increased prevalence of depression and/or anxiety compared with controls
The researchers performed a systematic review of case-control studies analyzing depression and anxiety among patients with IBS (seven studies; 668 patients and 294 controls) or Ulcerative Colitis (UC) (three studies; 261 patients and 282 controls).
Symptoms of depression or anxiety were measured according to methods that included the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), Beck Depression Inventory and the State-Trait Anxiety Index.
Among the IBS studies, six indicated either increased prevalence or higher scores for both depression and anxiety in patients with IBS compared with controls.

All Ulcerative Colitis studies found increased prevalence or score for anxiety among patients, while two also indicated increased depression prevalence or score.

Overall, patients with UC had either similar or greater degrees of psychological abnormalities compared with IBS patients. Depression was observed in 38% of IBS patients, while anxiety was present in 32%, compared with 50% and 64%, respectively, among those with UC. The mean HADS depression score for IBS patients was 5.4, compared with 4.1 among those with UC, while mean HADS anxiety scores were 8.1 and 8.5, respectively.
Eric D. Shah, MD, internal medicine resident at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, told Healio.com, “Just because patients with depression also happen to have IBS or vice versa, it’s not that one necessarily causes the other. We’ve seen that published in a lot of studies previously, that depression causes IBS, but we used UC as our negative control and saw even more in terms of prevalence, [and IBS] is similar to UC in terms of change to depression and anxiety scores. Based on existing data, we can’t say that depression causes IBS, but it’s still there; … we still see one-third of patients who have depression [or] anxiety.”
For more information:
Shah ED. Sa1339: A Comparison of Psychological Associations with IBS and Ulcerative Colitis. Presented at: Digestive Disease Week 2013; May 18-21, Orlando, Fla.
Disclosure: Researcher Mark Pimentel performed consulting services for Salix Pharmaceuticals and received grant/research support from Salix and Seaver Foundation.
June 5, 2013

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