Depression is a psychological condition marked by peaks of melancholy, but symptoms vary from calm and endurable to severe and debilitating.
In the most serious cases, it poses a danger to your life.
The most common symptoms of depression include: sadness, anxiety, feeling of emptiness, feelings of guilt, fatigue, suicidal thoughts (in some cases, attempts), hopelessness, irritability, insomnia or excessive sleep, deconcentration and indecision.
Although there are several drugs focused on treating this condition, natural remedies also provide effective solutions. In fact, several studies have shown that turmeric can help treat depression, as do other diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer and bad cholesterol.
Depression is caused by abnormal imbalance in the level of three neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. Curcumin exerts its antidepressant effect by blocking the activity of monoamine oxidase enzyme that is responsible for inactivation of these neurotransmitters.
In addition, it is effective against problems of liver, acidity, stomach disorders, diarrhea, arthritis and jaundice.
It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, beneficial to the heart and stimulating brain function. Most doctors prescribe Prozac, despite being proven to have harmful side effects. Given this scenario, there is no reason why not try this homemade recipe:
- The juice of a lemon and a half (can be lime)
- Two tablespoons of turmeric powder
- Four tablespoons of maple syrup or 100% organic honey
- Four cups of filtered water
- The juice of a red orange (optional)
Mix all the ingredients in a jug until forming a homogenous mixture and drink.
It is recommended to eat dark chocolate for depression because it causes the brain to generate endorphins that cause us to feel joy.
So what makes turmeric good for treating depression?
It is again because of the presence of Curcumin, the main biological active phytochemical component of turmeric.
Curcumin protects against depression in 3 ways:
- It acts against oxidative and inflammatory responses generated during depression
- It increases the level of neurotrophic factors that are responsible for growth and survival of nerve cells
- It modulates the level of neurotransmitters in brain