Dec 21, 2018

How Ashwagandha Helps Reduce Stress and Anxiety

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Ashwagandha has long since been relied upon for its wonderful health benefits. This Evergreen shrub grows naturally in India and is a known vital component of Ayurvedic medicine. Not only do the roots and fruit of this plant have some fantastic health benefits for the body – but they also help to keep the mind cool, calm and collected too. We here at Ageless Nutrition put together this article for you to teach you how to use Ashwagandha to help reduce stress and anxiety!

Ashwagandha – How does it work?

The Ashwagandha plant is dried out and ground up to produce a fine powder. Traditionally this powder might be applied topically as a paste, or added to a tea to make a tincture. It is able to keep your mind sharp by boosting the production of brain cells, it can lower your blood sugar levels and is a great supplement for diabetics and it also has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and even anti-aging properties.

Of course, today we want to know how it reduced anxiety and depression. First of all, this plant works in three ways to tackle problems of the mind. First of all, Ashwagandha reduces the level of cortisol in your body. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for stress, so a good first place to start in combating your anxiety level is to get that stress level under control. A natural second step is to eliminate the extraneous things from your life that take up time and energy, and that aren’t necessarily vital.

Taking Ashwagandha doesn’t just lower cortisol levels (US National Library of Medicine) it also relieves the symptoms of anxiety by helping to balance your mood. This makes it a very effective treatment (alongside prescription anti-depressants) for depression, too. Ashwagandha is what is called an ‘adaptogenic’ which is a reactive drug. This means it gives you a push when you need it but also represses receptors when you have enough of something.

As a third and final method of Ashwagandha treating anxiety, this plant contains withanolides which scientists believe act as a hormonal precursor. Basically, this means your body has been warned of your brain chemistry and is able to adapt and keep up. With mental health problems, the issues often lie within the brain chemistry and Ashwagandha goes some way to leveling out this chemistry to stop the overwhelming panic that can come from anxiety disorders. Psychology Today have more to say on how Ashwagandha works and why in this article.

How much Ashwagandha should I take for anxiety?

The Withanolide content of your Ashwagandha is important. A good strength is 5% although a 1% variant will also work. Take at least 300mg of this per day and you should soon notice a change in your mood pattern.

AgelessTEST Natural Supplement with Ashwagandha

We here at Ageless Nutrition aim to provide the best quality all-natural supplements that money can buy. If you want to explore Ashwagandha further then pop on over to our shop and pick some up to try for yourself. All of our supplements are responsibly sourced from sustainable means, and each works wonders in its own little way… just like Ashwagandha.

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