Ashwagandha Helps Chronically Stressed Adults Manage Their Weight
Ashwagandha, also called Indian Ginseng, has been a staple in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for over 4000 years. Known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-stress properties, ashwagandha, is reported to enhance overall health and increase longevity. Moreover, this ancient herb is believed to protect against cancer, diabetes, and degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Ashwagandha is also known for reducing anxiety and balancing hormones in humans.
It has even been shown to improve sexual functioning and satisfaction in women (http://www.integrativepsychiatry.net/blog/ashwagandha-improves-sexual-functioning-and-satisfaction-in-women/).
Now there is even more good news with this versatile adaptogen. New research recently published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine showed that supplementation with ashwagandha for eight weeks led to statistically significant reductions in weight and body mass index in chronically stressed individuals.
Per the study protocol, participants were randomized in a double-blinded fashion (neither the researchers nor the subjects knew who got placebo versus ashwagandha) to receive either ashwagandha 300 mg twice daily or placebo twice daily for eight weeks. Not only did subjects who received ashwagandha show greater reductions in weight and body mass index, they also experienced significant decreases in food cravings and emotional eating.
In recent years chronic stress has been associated with numerous disorders, including obesity. In this study treatment with Ashwagandha resulted in significant improvements and was found to be safe and well tolerated. The outcome of this study suggests that Ashwagandha root extract can be used safely and effectively for weight management in adults under chronic stress.
According to study investigators: “The potential of Ashwagandha as a natural anti-stress and anti-anxiety therapeutic has been strongly supported by previous researchers. The results of the present study have taken this analysis a step further and demonstrated that Ashwagandha may provide a potential additional benefit of supporting the maintenance of normal weight (or even weight loss) in people living with chronic stress.”
We here at Health Remedies often recommend ashwagandha either as a stand-alone supplement or as part of combination preparation to treat symptoms associated with many maladies:
- Adrenal exhaustion,
- Neurodegenerative disorders, and
- Sexual dysfunction
Body Weight Management in Adults Under Chronic Stress Through Treatment With Ashwagandha Root Extract: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Choudhary D, Bhattacharyya S, Joshi K. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2016 Apr 6.