Workplace anxiety is very common, being in confined space, repetitive work schedule and daily routine have all taken a toll on office workerbees. But what if we tell you that our ancestors has the key to the problem all along and you just have not heard about it ?
Today let Misspep help you to unveil this mysterious plant—Ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha, what is it and what does it do?
Ashwagandha may sound unfamiliar to you , but it also has a common name "Indian ginseng". The name “ashwagandha” describes the smell of its root, meaning “like a horse.” By definition, ashwa means horse. For a long time, it's been used in traditional medicine to reduce stress and anxiety.
In case you are wondering, here is a picture of ashwagandha.
(Figure 1. Ashwagandha)
Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that grows in Asia and Africa. It is commonly used for stress. There is little evidence for its use as an "adaptogen." Adaptogens are believed to help the body resist physical and mental stress. Some of the conditions it is used for include insomnia, aging, anxiety and many others.
Ashwagandha contains chemicals that might help calm the brain, reduce swelling, lower blood pressure, and alter the immune system.
The functional chemical component in ashwagandha
The chemical in ashwagandha is called withanolides, a group of naturally occurring polyoxygenated steroidal lactones assembled on a C28 ergostane skeleton. Traditionally, the extracts were ascribed a wide range of pharmacologic properties with corresponding medical uses, including adaptogenic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, sedative/anxiolytic, cytotoxic, antitussive, and immunomodulatory.
Stress and anxiety
Ashwagandha may have a calming effect on anxiety symptoms when compared with the drug lorazepam, a sedative and anxiety medication.
A 2000 study suggested that the herb had a comparable anxiety-reducing effect with lorazepam, suggesting that ashwagandha might be as effective for reducing anxiety. However, the researchers conducted this study in mice, not humans.
In a 2019 study in humans, researchers found that taking a daily dose of 240 milligrams (mg) of ashwagandha significantly reduced people’s stress levels when compared with a placebo. This included reduced levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone.
In another 2019 study in humans, taking 250 mg or 600 mg of ashwagandha per day resulted in lower self-reported stress levels, as well as lower cortisol levels.
MISSPEP Ashwagandha support calmness and immune functions
Misspep Ashwagandha contains 2.5% withanolides as a stress relief and Piperine black pepper extract to enhance its bio-availability. This product aims to relieve stress for urban dwellers.
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