There are plentiful moments in our lives when we feel fatigued, low on energy and just anxious for no apparent reason. We make silly mistakes, become forgetful and worry about trivial things. These are the times when we are actually stressed out and overrun.
As a means to combat stress, our body releases a hormone called ‘Cortisol’ from the adrenal glands, which helps us deal with stressful situations. However, the problem starts when our body releases too much cortisol. This leads to chronic problems such as fatigue, weight gain, depression, anxiety and poor memory - to name a few.
This is why stress management is so important for our overall happiness! People manage stress in different ways, some like to exercise, spend time outdoors, meditate, listen to music etc.
However, few people know that the foods we eat can also have an impact on our cortisol levels. A great food that reduces the cortisol levels in our body naturally is Ashwagandha, which is also an excellent adaptogen.
A study conducted in India to see the effects of Ashwagandha on stress had 64 subjects with a history of chronic stress.
They were split into 2 groups and each subject in both the groups had their stress levels evaluated before and after the study by measuring their cortisol levels and filling out questionnaires. One group was given 300mg of Ashwagandha root and the other was given a placebo dosage.
After 60 days the subjects were evaluated again, and the group that consumed Ashwagandha had a significant reduction in their cortisol levels and stress assessment.
Thus, the researchers concluded that high dosage of Ashwagandha safely improves an individual’s resistance to stress and therefore improves their quality of life. (5) (6)
You can use Ashwagandha for anxiety and depression by having 1 tsp daily.
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