Almost everyone is aware of the anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory as well as cancer fighting properties of turmeric. However, very few are familiar with its ability to deal with depression and lift mood.

Turmeric Can Help In Dealing With Depression

Often referred as a super root, turmeric offers several health benefits. It protects people from different heart ailments; its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help in retaining a sound health for your brain. Studies have now found that it can successfully treat mood disorders like MDD or major depressive disorder. Curcumin, an active ingredient present in this root is as effective as the medicine Prozac containing fluoxetine. However, it does not have any side effects on health.

Dr. Ajay Goal, of the Baylor Research Institute and Charles A Sammons Cancer Center, Baylor University Medical Center as well as co-author of study said, “It is a novel and surprising application for 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.”

You may also like to know that the new studies have found that people who use turmeric in their cuisines are less prone to inflammation. If you are suffering from depression related issues, you can take turmeric lemonade for healing.

Ingredients for making the lemonade-

  • Sparkling water or cold filtered water- 4 cups
  • Powdered or grated turmeric- 2 tablespoons
  • Completely original maple syrup- 4 tablespoons. People who do not want to take sugar can opt for stevia or honey
  • Lemon juice- 1 ½
  • Blood orange juice- 1

How to prepare?

Take a small pitcher and stir well all the ingredients mentioned below. Garnish it with lemon and serve.

Source: Cuisine & Health