Ashwagandha has been shown through scientific research to possess properties that help to reduce stress and anxiety. Research suggests that the alkaloids in Ashwagandha Root, particularly Withaferin A, stimulate the brain's neurotransmitter pathways. As a result, Ashwagandha reduces anxiety and worry while also improving cognition and memory function. In a 2011 study, researchers found that a formula comprised of ashwagandha extract was as effective in relieving the symptoms of anxiety as benzodiazepines, which are a medication commonly prescribed to treat anxiety.
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