Chronic stress is ever-present in modern society and increases the risk of illness. Ashwagandha's ability to act as a mood stabilizer and improve resistance to stress has been the focus of research. Most studies show significantly better results in subjects given ashwagandha compared to those given a placebo. One study showed that using ashwagandha improved the cell health of chronically-stressed rats. In a large human trial, treatment with ashwagandha significantly reduced cortisol levels in 64 patients over 60 days. Cortisol, the stress hormone, has a variety of undesirable effects on the human body when produced in excessive amounts. High levels of cortisol negatively impact immune function and blood sugar control and contribute to muscle and bone loss.
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