Depression. With an increasing workload of this digital era, people are drifting apart from each other in the real world and trying to find the meaning of life in the virtual world. As a consequence, everyone is becoming lonely and lost in search of the real meaning of life.
Sometimes they do not understand that they are depressed or simply ignore their mental health. But the fact is, mental health is as important as physical health.
Depression or stress or anxiety can be a cause of severe health issues. Taking pills to get rid of depression is not an answer, because those pills can turn into an addiction. But do not worry, we have a piece of good news for you. Do you know you can organically treat depression with a secret tonic?
Yes, with the healing power of turmeric, you can recover from depression or major depressive disorder or MDD. Turmeric is an age-old therapy for many health issues. The secret compound curcumin is behind its time tested miraculous power. It is a great anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.
But being anti-depressant is adding a whole new feather to its crown. Let us explore how it can rescue you from the dungeon of depression.
|Everybody has an idea about the healing power of turmeric. It is proven and time tested. But here are some fantastic facts about turmeric:
How Turmeric Fights Depression?
The presence of curcumin helps our body to fight the damage caused by free radicals. These dangerous free radicals are the cause of inflammation as well. Curcumin reduces inflammation and oxidative stress.
Continuous inflammation is directly linked to depression. Inflammation might aggravate the symptoms of depression. Anti-oxidants are the answer to these free radicals issue. The fact is these free radicals, inflammation, oxidative stress, and depression are interrelated, and it is a kind of chain.
Few recent studies(1) have proved the link between inflammation and depression. They intensify the symptoms of one another.
Another research says that people instantly feel lively because of the bright yellow color of turmeric. It is like a color therapy than any chemical reaction or any anti-depressant compound reaction.
According to another study, curcumin can reduce the symptoms of depression. And if it is combined with other herbs like saffron, the result can be more convincing. But it is also active on its own.
If you are wondering whether to take them along with your prescribed meds, then here is the answer. According to a 2015 study(3), the effect of an anti-depressant can be accelerated due to curcumin intake.
Different Ways to Take Turmeric for Depression:
There is a simple formula of using any natural herb or vegetables. Simply do not overcook it. Excessive heat or cold can destroy the nutritional value of anything organic. So keep it simple.
We have already talked about how turmeric can help you with its natural anti-depressant quality. But to get the benefit, you need to understand the natural and effective ways to use it properly. We can talk about a list of recipes where you can incorporate turmeric, but we will only stick to those methods which can give you the ultimate benefit.
Use it as Supplement
Though turmeric is readily available in local and online markets, if that is not feasible for you, then you can try taking turmeric supplements. Turmeric supplements are accessible in any pharmaceuticals or online shopping sites. They are available in different forms. Whatever form you choose you are going to get the same value. But you need to check the percentage of curcumin in that.
Do not take any supplement, if it does not have at least 95% of curcumin. If there is no explicit mention of the percentage, then avoid that particular brand or product. And if you get a supplement with 100% curcumin, then do not waste a minute and grab it.
You should always buy a supplement from the trusted brands. Read the information before and carefully follow the dosage. If you notice any reaction, then immediately talk to your doctor.
Use Turmeric in Meals
Taking supplements is always a better idea than using it in a meal. The nutritional value can be compromised during the whole process. Most of the big brands never mention curcumin amount on the pack of turmeric cooking powders. Which means you cannot be sure about the curcumin amount you are taking. Naturally, the benefits and effects are also unpredictable.
However, you can add at least one teaspoon of turmeric powder in any dish. Try to use it regularly. If you think that consuming it for just a single day can work wonders, then you are wrong.
Precautions You Should Take When Using Turmeric To Treat Depression
Generally, natural remedies are not that risky like the high dosage of pills. But you need to understand all the factors for your safety. Here are some precautions you need to be aware of:
- If you have any medical history related to allergy, then consulting with your doctor before start using it is always a good idea.
- Do not take any drastic decision like replacing all your anti-depressants with a turmeric supplement. We are not recommending that.
- If you are taking turmeric for the first time in your life, then start small and carefully notice your body. If there is any reaction, then do not use it.
- If you are under any specific medical situations like cardiovascular issues, diabetes, high blood pressure, or any other chronic ailment, then talk to your physician.
- You need to be cautious during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Do not take anything without talking to your gynecologist.
- Turmeric can leave a yellowish tone in your mouth, do not be alarmed by that.
Turmeric Lemonade Recipe
Well, we already have talked about the significant benefits of turmeric and how it can help you if you are suffering from depression. There are many ways to use it, and we have tried to elaborate on the two most popular ways to use turmeric for depression.
But a refreshing and chilled turmeric lemonade is always the first choice. It is the magic tonic you need to fight depression. This recipe keeps all the nutrition value of turmeric intact and also makes you feel refreshed with its fresh earthy aroma and bright yellow hue.
Here is the full recipe of turmeric Lemonade:
Type of Recipe: Drink
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Total servings: 4 glass
What You Need:
Water: 2 cups
Ice: 1 ½ cups
Lemon Juice: ½ cup
Turmeric Powder: 1 or 2 tsp
Natural Sweetener: ½ tsp
Black Pepper: one pinch
How to make it:
Put all the items in a high-speed blender and, blend for at least 60 seconds. Pour it into glasses to serve. You can add more ice if you like.
Try to consume it immediately.
The nutritional values are calculated as per the serving quantity of 1 cup
|Calories: 9kcal||Sodium: 6mg|
|Protein: 0.3g||Carbohydrates: 1g|
|Fat: 1g||Saturated Fat: 0.3g|
|Fiber: 1g||Sugar: 0.7g|
Depression can affect the appetite, sleep cycle, energy level, food habit, blood sugar level, heart health, weight imbalance, and so many things.
So ignoring depression can be fatal. The main problem is people fail to detect and acknowledge it.
There is nothing to hide or feel ashamed about it. This Turmeric based magic tonic is proven to help you even if you are stressed. It helps in keeping all the depressing thoughts at bay.Take this tonic and witness the rejuvenation within you.