Sugarcane component cuts your stress and increases sleep
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Sugarcane component cuts your stress and increases sleep

By: Shivani Arora

Published on: Thu 07 Sep 2017 07:09 PM

Uttar Pradesh News Portal : Sugarcane component cuts your stress and increases sleep

There is good news for people who are not getting proper sleep due to stress. Researchers, led by an Indian-origin scientist, have found that an active component rich in sugarcane and other natural products may ameliorate stress and help in having sound sleep.

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According to a research:

  • Currently available sleeping pills do not address stress component and often have severe side effects.
  • Sleep loss is also associated with certain other diseases including obesity, cardiovascular diseases, depression and anxiety.
  • The research group found that octacosanol reduces stress and restores stress-affected sleep back to normal.
  • This compound is abundantly present in various everyday foods such as sugarcane, rice bran, wheat germ oil, bee wax etc.
  • The crude extract is policosanol, where octacosanol is the major constituent.
  • Policosanol and octacosanol have already used in humans for various other medical conditions.

Current Study:

  • In the current study, the researchers investigated the effect of octacosanol on sleep regulation in mildly stressed mice by oral administration.
  • It reduced corticosterone level in blood plasma, which is a stress marker, the findings showed.
  • The octacosanol-administered mice also showed normal sleep, which was previously disturbed due to stress.
  • The researchers found that sleep induced by octacosanol was similar to natural sleep and physiological in nature.
  • But the treatment did not affect sleep in normal animals.
  • These results demonstrated that octacosanol is an active compound that has potential to reduce stress and to increase sleep.
  • And it could potentially be useful for the therapy of insomnia caused by stress.
  • Octacosanol can be considered safe for human use as a therapy.
  • Because it is a food-based compound and believed to show no side effects.
  • However, well-planned clinical studies need to be carried out to confirm.
  • In addition,its effect on humans for its stress-mitigation and sleep-inducing potentials.


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