Ashwagandha Root May Help People With Chronic Stress With Weight Loss
Chronic stress is associated with a range of illnesses, including depression, heart disease, hypertension, weight gain, and obesity. A recent study suggests that taking an ashwagandha root extract supplement may help people with chronic stress manage their weight by reducing food cravings and changing eating behaviors.
Participants in the study included 52 people with chronic stress who took either two daily 300 mg doses of ashwagandha root extract or a placebo for eight weeks. Researchers administered the Perceived Stress Scale and Food Cravings Questionnaire as well as the Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire. They also measured serum cortisol, body weight, and BMI. Participants were assessed at baseline, 4 weeks and 8 weeks.
At the conclusion of the study, the ashwagandha group had a 3% reduction in body weight, compared with a 1.5% reduction in the placebo group. The supplement group also had a 3% reduction in BMI, compared with 1.4% in the placebo group. Additionally, participants in the supplement group reported having fewer food cravings and improvements in eating behaviors.
Researchers from Indian Red Cross Society, NSHM Knowledge Campus, and Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College & Hospital, all in India, conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on April 6, 2016, in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine.
Ashwagandha has been used in ayurvedic medicine for over 4,000 years. Previous studies suggest that Ashwagandha may help improve memory, cognitive function and brain health, increase strength, and help with sexual dysfunctions. The best way to consume Ashwagandha is by taking a high quality supplement.