A new study from the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center now reveals that one can treat depression successfully with turmeric. Curcumin the bright yellow chemical found in turmeric enhances the synthesis of omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) from its precursor, α-linolenic acid (ALA).
The golden root is a powerful anti-inflamatory that stops the growth of pre-cancerous cells, helps Alzheimer’s, lowers bad cholesterol, and treats skin cancer.
It’s also used to treat arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, gallbladder disorders and most importantly major depressive disorder. In a recent study, Curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) equaled the effects of the prescription drug fluoxetine (the generic form of Prozac).
Are you feeling unhappy, you have no interest or pleasure in anything, you feel guilty, your self-esteem is low, you have disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and cannot seem to concentrate on anything? Let me be the first to tell you that you are depressed.
Depression is associated with severe emotional, behavioral, and health problems, including suicide, alcohol abuse and a lot of eating disorders like bulimia, anorexia, compulsive overeating and binge eating.
Reseachers reveal that 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.
Curcumin can help balance serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, and noradrenaline. Further, curcumin may benefit brain chemicals, and it can enhance the production of glutathione, an essential antioxidant for brain health.
How To Make Turmeric Lemonade
Although there are many other ways to get your fill of turmeric, this recipe is particularly tasty. It can also be used in combination with this anti-anxiety lemonade.
Turmeric Lemonade Recipe
4 cups cold of boiled water
2 tablespoons freshly grated or powdered turmeric