Ashwagandha may be used for body weight management in people who are chronically stressed

Chronic stress is associated with weight gain and obesity. A study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine suggests that people who are chronically stressed should consider using ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) to keep a healthy body weight and prevent weight gain.

  • Ashwagandha is a common adaptogen and is known for reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Researchers in India aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of the root extract of ashwagandha in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial.
  • They recruited 52 individuals under chronic stress and gave them either 300 milligrams (mg) of ashwagandha or placebo twice every day for eight weeks.
  • The primary outcome measures included Perceived Stress Scale and Food Cravings Questionnaire, while the secondary outcome measures were Oxford Happiness Questionnaire, Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire, serum cortisol, body weight, and body mass index (BMI).
  • The researchers assessed the participants at the beginning of the study, the fourth week, and the eighth week.
  • The treatment with ashwagandha root extract reduced psychological and physiological markers of stress, improved mental well-being, and reduced serum cortisol level.
  • It also reduced food cravings and improved eating behaviors.
  • Those who took ashwagandha also experienced body weight and BMI reductions.
  • Moreover, ashwagandha root extract was also found to be safe and tolerable.

Based on their findings, the researchers suggested that ashwagandha root extract is a safe and effective remedy for managing body weight in people experiencing chronic stress.

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Journal Reference:

Choudhary D, Bhattacharyya S, Joshi K. BODY WEIGHT MANAGEMENT IN ADULTS UNDER CHRONIC STRESS THROUGH TREATMENT WITH ASHWAGANDHA ROOT EXTRACT. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine. 6 April 2016; 22(1): 96-106. DOI: 10.1177/2156587216641830





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