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Question: Does Ashwagandha increase or decrease cortisol?

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Question: Does Ashwagandha increase or decrease cortisol?

Post  masterfree on Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:05 pm

Cs or others:
I've seen conflicting information on the web about this. Does Ashwagandha increase cortisol or decrease it? I need scientific evidence not a link to a self proclaimed health expert's (such as herbalists, nutritionists, NDs) opinion.

Most websites say it helps with the stress response and thereby decreases the cortisol levels in the body. I remember seeing one study that indicated otherwise. specifically it said something about steroid increase in blood and weight gain in rodents. I cannot find that research article though. Any help is appreciated.

The reason why I am asking this question is since I started taking Ashwagandha I have more food cravings and gained weight, which may be a sign of increased steroid levels in blood. According to the articles it is supposed to do the opposite so there is my confusion.

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Re: Question: Does Ashwagandha increase or decrease cortisol?

Post  NDW on Sat Aug 20, 2011 1:24 pm

According to a study i read it increases DHEA and decreases Cortisol. I dont have the link you'll have to take my word for it.
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