While we know turmeric is super beneficial to our health, not many are aware to what extent. Sure, you can use it to lower cholesterol and it is known to stop the growth of pre-cancerous cells, but did you know it could be used to treat depression effectively?
In case you were not aware, turmeric is a super root that is packed full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. During a more recent study, the active ingredient in turmeric was tested on those with major depressive disorder (MDD). The results were amazing! Findings showed that the effects of this were equal to that of the generic form of Prozac without the side effects.
When asked about how curcumin was applicable to depression Dr. Ajay Goel, co-author of this study stated as follows:
“It is a novel and surprising application of this natural medicine. People with depression have higher levels of inflammation in the brain. Also, people with depression have lower levels of neurogenesis in the brain, meaning they make fewer new brain cells than people with no history of depression. Curcumin is both a potent anti-inflammatory agent and a powerful stimulator for neurogenesis. A recent animal study was published on BCM-95 Curcumin compared to both fluoxetine and imipramine (an older class of antidepressant medications) and showed excellent results. We are excited to learn the effectiveness of BCM-95 Curcumin in a human study.” “Depression is a major global public health issue leading to substantial disability. The pharmaceutical interventions can be quite costly and have many potentially serious adverse effects. There are also many people whose disease does not fully respond to treatment. The BCM-95 Curcumin used in this study shows efficacy on major depression on its own at the same level as the drug, and even better results when combined with the drug. This may be meaningful for the health of millions of people.”
It is also good to note that curcumin was tolerated well by all of the participants in this study. It was published in the journal Phytotherapy Research and provides us with a great outlook on possibly getting one up on Big Pharma someday, especially with antidepressants being one of their bigger money makers. While more research will need to be done, these findings are quite promising.
If you want to reap the benefits of curcumin without eating turmeric by itself you could make a wonderful turmeric lemonade. It is delicious and will make you feel better in the long run. If you are one of the many people who cannot find help with prescription medication this could be exactly what you need.
4 tablespoons of freshly grated turmeric root
2 teaspoons grated ginger
5 cups of boiling water
3 tablespoons of raw honey
1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice (you can add more to taste)
1/2 cup of orange juice (optional)
Place the turmeric and ginger in a jar or pot and pour in the boiling water. Allow this to steep for at least ten minutes.
Add the honey to the turmeric and ginger mixture, be sure to stir until it has completely dissolved.
Now strain the mixture and add the juices. Take a sip after things have cooled down a bit and if need be add more honey or lemon juice.
Please check out the video below for more information on the benefits of turmeric/curcumin. What do you think about all of this? Will you be trying this turmeric lemonade?