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Does Valerian Root Cause Weight Gain? A Review By Nutrition Professionals

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Expert opinion from Deidre Huysamen

Dietician - Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services · 7 years of experience · South Africa

Valerian root, is natural substance from the valerian plant, is considered safe in general (although not monitored by the FDA). If used in excess, it may result in a variety of gastro-intestinal problems, dizziness and even headaches; however, weight gain has not been noted as a side effect in the studies assessing the side effects of this plant. 

Expert opinion from Shreya Thakur

B.Sc Nutrition · Less than a year of experience · India

No, Valerian root does not cause weight gain. Infact, it increases the amount of gamma-amino-butyric acid(GABA) that aids in proper sleep by inhibiting the unwanted activities of nervous system.

Expert opinion from Maria Arienti

Postgraduate in Nutritional Support/Bachelor in Nutrition · 13 years of experience · Argentina

There is no evidence that valerian root cause weight gain, although some people experience brain fog, headaches, stomach-aches, uneasiness, dry mouth, and heart palpitations.

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Disclaimer: This is for information purpose only, and should not be considered as a substitute for medical expertise. These are opinions from an external panel of individual doctors or nutritionists and not to be considered as opinion of Microsoft. Please seek professional help regarding any health conditions or concerns. Medical advice varies across region. Advice from professionals outside your region should be used at your own discretion. Or you should contact a local health professional. 

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