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  • Vitamin E and holy basil improve sleep
    • Vitamin E relieved insomnia in post-menopause

    Insomnia is one of the most common conditions during and after menopause. In this study, 160 postmenopausal women with chronic insomnia took a placebo or 400 IU of vitamin E mixed tocopherols per day. Doctors used the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) to measure changes in sleep, including factors such as difficulty falling and staying asleep, disturbances, daytime dysfunction, and need for sleep medication.

    After one month, sleep quality had improved by 80 percent for vitamin E compared to placebo. Those taking vitamin E also reduced their use of sedatives from 30 percent to 15 percent, while the placebo group did not change.

    Doctors said the findings demonstrate vitamin E is an excellent alternative treatment for chronic insomnia that improves sleep quality and reduces sedative drug use.

    • Holy basil improved sleep, reduced stress

    In Ayurvedic medicine, holy basil is called “the elixir of life.” In this study, 100 participants aged 18 to 65 who were experiencing stress took a placebo or 125 mg of holy basil twice per day.

    After eight weeks, self-reported perceptions of stress decreased 37 percent for holy basil compared to 19 percent for placebo. For insomnia, those taking holy basil saw insomnia scores decrease 48 percent compared to 27 percent for placebo. Over the course of the study, sleep efficiency—falling and staying asleep—increased 3.4 percent for holy basil while not changing for placebo.

    Levels of cortisol, the hormone that increases under stress, were significantly lower in hair samples for holy basil compared to placebo.

    REFERENCE: NUTRIENTS; 2023, VOL. 15, NO. 5, 1187

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