You may have heard of turmeric, a spice that is incorporated into many Indian dishes. What you may not know is that curcumin, which is derived from turmeric, is a very powerful and completely natural substance.
Consider this short list of curcumin properties validated by science:
- Strong Anti-inflammatory Properties: Curcumin has been shown to be effective in reducing the symptoms of chronic low-level inflammation, which plays an important role in almost all chronic Western diseases.
- A Powerful Antioxidant: Curcumin helps remove harmful free radicals from the body while stimulating the body's antioxidant enzymes. (A twofer!)
- Increases BDNF: Curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier, where the substance has been shown to stimulate BDNF, a brain hormone that increases the growth of new neurons.
As a result of curcumin's positive functional effects on the brain and body, it is believed to play an important role as:
- An anti-aging substance
- A neuroprotective agent
- A natural treatment for arthritis
- An effective complementary therapy for cancer
Turmeric extract can reduce anxiety and depression symptoms
"Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement out there." ~ Kris Gunnars, Healthline
"The positive antidepressant and anxiolytic effects of curcumin are likely due to its ability to normalize specific physiological pathways," says Adrian Lopesti, Ph.D., from Murdoch University in Australia, "It appears to elevate neurotransmitters such as serotonin, at the same time It reduces stress hormones, such as cortisol, and is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Curcumin also provides protection to the brain. "
Lopesti and his team published their findings in the June 2014 issue of the Journal of Affective Disorders, where “Curcumin was able to reduce the overall symptoms of depression, also functioning as an anxiolytic (anxiolytic substance) when taken over a period of 8 weeks. "
As mentioned, curcumin increases the amount of the brain chemical, BDNF. Some studies have linked low BDNF levels to depression and a "shrinkage" of the hippocampus, an area of the brain with functions in both memory and learning.
Well now we are aware that turmeric and curcumin can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
And now that?
Well now it's time to make some turmeric lemonade!
This is what you will need:
- 5 cups of water
- 4 tablespoons freshly grated turmeric root
- 3 tablespoons of raw honey
- 2 teaspoons grated ginger
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup orange juice (optional - for taste)
This is what to do:
(1) Bring the 5 cups of water to a boil
(2) Put the turmeric root and grated ginger in a bowl (or other containers that can hold hot water).
(3) Pour the boiled water into the container. Allow the mixture to steep for a minimum of 10 minutes.
(4) Put the honey in the jar and stir until completely dissolved.
(5) Strain the mixture and add the lemon juice. After the liquid has cooled down a bit, drink and then add lemon or orange juice; If desired.
Original article (in English)