TURMERIC CAN BE YOUR BEST ALLY IN LIFTING DEPRESSION - THIS IS A WONDERFUL FACT
The first thing we really want to emphasize, is that depression is treatable and manageable. Science has proven time and again that depression can be managed with proper care and maintenance.
Depression is a medical condition in which chemicals in the brain have become imbalanced and unstable, due to factors like hormonal imbalance, family genetics, various medical conditions or different life situations.
For some, depression might seem like a feeling, something that is connected to your soul. Fortunately, it isn't that complicated! If you are reading this for help, please know that around 20% of the world's population suffer from depression. You are not alone! There are many ways to help someone to recover from mild to severe depression.
Firstly, emotional support and guidance is crucial, and the only way to let people know you need it is to tell someone that you are struggling. There are also help lines available to you, all you have to do is google to find ones that service your country or area.
Of course medication can also be a big tool, but although antidepressant drugs are regulated, there are undeniable side effects from any chemical drug. Medicine manufactured in the laboratory can put a strain on your system, and also interact with anything you ingest. But help is here… this is where turmeric comes to the rescue!
One of turmeric's main active ingredients is curcumin. Curcumin has been proven to help alleviate depression in many ways.
CURCUMIN IS AN ANTIOXIDANT
Curcumin acts as an antioxidant by finding and fighting free radicals, and even repairing damaged cells in the process.
One of the ways to tell if a person is suffering from actual clinical depression or if they are simply feeling ‘down’, is by measuring their antioxidant enzymes. Low levels of antioxidants in the blood and antioxidant enzymes is an indicator of depression. (In science-speak: depression is a form of a neurodegenerative disorder from oxidative damage, which results in brain oxidative stress.)
Yes, that is jargon that most of us are not used to but the good news is that this makes it treatable!
Let’s break down some other to understand why turmeric is so helpful in lifting depression…
There is a reason why a person going through depression almost always has weight gain or loss. BDNF is a specific brain-protein that nurtures nerve cells. It is found in the hippocampus, the area of the brain that controls food, weight, emotion and memory. Because curcumin is a natural inflammation-inhibitor, it combats the oxidative stress in the brain by helping repair and promote new nerve cells. This helps to boosts levels of BDNF naturally, relieving mood-swings and alleviating symptoms like fluctuating weight and memory loss! Scientifically!
TURMERIC IS A BRAIN-CHANGER!
Curcumin in glorious turmeric also modulates neurotransmitters, which are the brain chemicals that communicate information throughout our brain and body.
There are 3 neurotransmitters that can be responsible for depression:
- DOPAMINE is associated with the brain's reward and pleasure center. It is a feel-good hormone that makes you remember what is pleasurable, so that chances of repeating the activity become higher. EG: When you experience something enjoyable, like your favorite food, dopamine is secreted to reward the behavior.
- SEROTONIN regulates the appetite. It is a natural appetite suppressant secreted when there is a need to curb your appetite. When you are extremely hungry and served with food that looks less than appealing, serotonin is secreted to curb your hunger, to save you from a potentially poisonous meal. When fighting depression, serotonin works erratically and either makes you feel constantly hungry or lose your appetite completely.
Low levels of serotonin can cause carbohydrate cravings, problems with sleep cycle and digestive problems.
- NOREPINEPHRINE is a hormone secreted as a response to the fight or flight syndrome or stress. It's what gets you ready for a potentially stressful or dangerous situation, like a fight or a deadline. This is why you get sweaty hands before a presentation (just your body's attempt to cool your organs to prevent you from fainting) or the sudden increase in energy during emergencies (like how people lift heavy objects like cars).
Low levels of norepinephrine mean low energy, decreased focus, and sleep cycle problems.
TURMERIC TEA IS ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU!
Balance is key to maintaining your hormone levels! When depression strikes, levels of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin become abnormal, but the curcumin has been proven to block and counter this.
Our Taka teas and blends are lovingly loaded with curcumin-carrying turmeric. They are so easy to make, and your absolute essential in lifting depression. Besides the scientific benefits, the delicious smells and tastes can raise any mood, in an instant. Click here for our online tea shop.
And while you are there, why not also try our Turmeric Capsule – a pop of healing power, super-easy to take for when you don’t feel like lifting a finger to do anything else.
Give yourself a winning chance, with the golden glow of healing Turmeric…
To your vibrant health, both physical and mental…
The Taka Turmeric Tea(m)
PLEASE NOTE: Taking any prescription medications? Before adding something new to your diet for medicinal purposes, you have to check with your Physician for possible counter-effects.