Turmeric is part of the ginger family and has been a staple in Southeast and Middle Eastern Asian cooking for many years. It’s been used in India for centuries as a medicinal herb and spice.
But, Western medical practitioners have recently come on board in identifying the health benefits of the spice. Recently, scientists have found what the Indians have known for thousands of years. Turmeric has been found to possess compounds with potent medicinal properties.
Curcumin is actually the main active ingredient in the spice. It’s a strong antioxidant agent and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Science has confirmed the healing properties of curcumin:
– Curcumin has powerful antioxidant properties. It may help stimulate your body’s antioxidant enzymes and remove harmful free radicals from your body.
– It has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been found to help reduce low-level, chronic inflammation symptoms. This type of inflammation may play a great role in almost any chronic disease.
– It may help boost BDNF. It can cross your blood-brain barrier, where it can stimulate a brain hormone known as BDNF, which helps increase new neuron growth.
Due to its positive functional impact on the body and brain, curcumin plays an important role as:
– A neuroprotective agent
– An anti-aging agent
– A powerful supplementary therapy for cancer
– A natural remedy for arthritis
Curcumin Has Anti-Anxiety and Antidepressant Properties
Adrian Lopesti, Ph.D., of Murdoch University in Australia, points out that the positive anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects of curcumin are attributed to its ability to normalize particular physiological pathways.
Curcumin is a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent. It may also help increase neurotransmitters like serotonin and decrease stress hormones like cortisol. That’s why it may provide protection to your brain.
In 2014, the researchers at Murdoch University published their findings in the Journal of Affective Disorders. They concluded that curcumin was effective at decreasing the overall depression symptoms, acting as an anti-anxiety agent when taken over a period of 2 months.
As we have already stated, curcumin may increase the amount of the brain chemical called BDNF.
Several studies have associated low levels of this brain chemical with depression as well as “shrinkage” of the hippocampus (a brain area that plays a role in learning and memory.)
Homemade Turmeric Lemonade to Fight Depression and Anxiety
As you can see, turmeric and its main active ingredient, i.e., curcumin, may help decrease the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
So, we are going to present you homemade turmeric lemonade that may help you decrease the symptoms or even overcome depression and anxiety.
– Half a cup of lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
– Five cups of water
– Two tsp. of ginger root (freshly grated)
– Four tbsp. of turmeric root (freshly grated)
– Three tbsp. of raw, organic honey
– Half a cup of orange juice (optional)
Boil the water and place the freshly grated ginger and turmeric root into a jar (or another container, which can hold hot water.)
Then, add the boiled water and let it steep for about ten minutes.
Afterwards, add the honey and stir until it’s fully dissolved.
Finally, strain it and add the lemon juice. Once it’s cooled a bit, you can add the orange juice.