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Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)
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Passion flower may boost sleep quality: Study - Nutra USA, 2/17/11 -
"sleep quality showed a significantly better rating
for the passion flower compared to the placebo, with an increase of over
five percent in sleep quality reported" - [Abstract]
- Also see valerian,
lemon balm, theanine
Research identifies the herbal supplements that are effective in treating
anxiety - Science Daily, 10/6/10 - "A systematic
review of research into the use of nutritional supplements for the treatment
of anxiety disorders has found strong evidence for the use of extracts of
passionflower or kava and combinations of L-lysine and L-arginine ... We
found mixed results -- while passionflower or kava and L-lysine and
L-arginine appeared to be effective, St John's Wort and magnesium
supplements were not"
Stress, Cortisol and Health - Supplement Watch Newsletter, 10/02 -
"several lines of evidence have converged to
solidify the concept that stress makes us fat (because of
cortisol), thins our bones (because of cortisol), shrinks our brains
(because of cortisol), suppresses our immune system (because of cortisol),
saps our energy levels (because of cortisol), and kills our sex drive
(because of cortisol) ... Take a daily multivitamin/multi-mineral supplement
vitamin C and B-complex vitamins are
needed for a proper stress response ... Chief among the supplements with
documented cortisol-controlling effects are
Magnolia bark, Theanine,
Epimedium, Ashwagandha and
Passionflower: An Herbal Alternative For Anxiety?
- Intelihealth, 10/18/01 -
"researchers randomly assigned 32 people with GAD to
receive either passionflower or oxazepam (an anti-anxiety drug) for 4 weeks.
Both groups demonstrated significant improvement in anxiety symptoms after 4
weeks of treatment and those who took the herbal remedy had less impairment
on job performance"
Herbs Make It Easy to Catch Some Zs" - Nutrition Science News, 11/99
Passiflora incarnata L. Improves Spatial Memory, Reduces Stress, and
Affects Neurotransmission in Rats - Phytother Res. 2016 Jan 27 -
"Passiflora incarnata L. has been used as a
medicinal plant in South America and Europe since the 16th century. Previous
pharmacological studies focused mainly on the plant's sedative, anxiolytic,
and anticonvulsant effects on the central nervous system and its supporting
role in the treatment of addiction ... We observed reduced anxiety and
dose-dependent improvement of memory in rats given passionflower compared to
the control group" - See
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Placebo-controlled Investigation of the Effects of Passiflora incarnata
(Passionflower) Herbal Tea on Subjective Sleep Quality - Phytother Res.
2011 Feb 3 - "Passiflora incarnata is a traditional
herbal sedative, anxiolytic and a popular sleep aid used for the treatment
of sleep disturbance ... Forty-one participants (18-35 years) were exposed
to each treatment for a week, whereby they consumed a cup of the tea and
filled out a sleep diary for 7 days, and completed Spielberger's state-trait
anxiety inventory on the seventh morning. Ten participants also underwent
overnight PSG on the last night of each treatment period. Of six sleep-diary
measures analysed, sleep quality showed a significantly better rating for
passionflower compared with placebo (t(40) = 2.70, p < 0.01). These initial
findings suggest that the consumption of a low dose of Passiflora incarnata,
in the form of tea, yields short-term subjective sleep benefits for healthy
adults with mild fluctuations in sleep quality"
Nutritional and herbal supplements for anxiety and anxiety-related
disorders: systematic review - Nutr J. 2010 Oct 7;9(1):42 -
"based on this systematic review, strong evidence
exists for the use of herbal supplements containing extracts of
passionflower or kava and combinations of L-lysine and L-arginine as
treatments for anxiety symptoms and disorders. Magnesium-containing
supplements and other herbal combinations may hold promise, but more
research is needed before these products can be recommended to patients. St.
John's wort monotherapy has insufficient evidence for use as an effective
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