Passiflora, anxiety and stress – the latest

A new study from the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation, a non-profit charity organisation, revealed that the passion flower, (Passiflora) is effective in easing anxiety.

Researchers writing in BioMed Central’s open access Nutrition Journal pooled the results of 24 studies involving a total of more than 2000 participants, showing that some nutritional and herbal supplements can be effective, without the risk of serious side effects.

The research was undertaken by Shaheen Lakhan and Karen Vieira from the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation, USA. Lakhan said, “Our review and summary of the literature on herbal remedies and dietary supplements for anxiety should aid mental health practitioners in advising their patients and provide insight for future research in this field.

Of the studies included in the review, 21 were randomized controlled trials. Of these, 15 showed positive effects from either a nutritional or herbal remedy and any reported side effects were mild to moderate. The research showed that based on their systematic review, strong evidence existed for the use of herbal supplements containing extracts of passion flower (Passiflora).

According to Lakhan, “For all three of the herbal supplements we reviewed, more research needs to be done to establish the most effective dosage and to determine whether this varies between different types of anxiety or anxiety-related disorders. Herbal medicines hold an important place in the history of medicine as most of our current remedies, and the majority of those likely to be discovered in the future, will contain phytochemicals derived from plants.”

Further reading:

Holy Basil and anxiety

Product links:

Relax-O-Zyme: formula containing passiflora, valerian, chamomile and more

Stress End: one a day poly-pill based in passiflora, valerian, chamomile & vitamins

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