Turmeric Is So Good For A Good Mood!
During this crazy time, we can all use a good mindset and a positive outlook.
And there are some simple, healthy ways to do this, including... getting your daily dose of TURMERIC! Taking turmeric regularly improves the oxygen intake of the brain, which helps in all of the brain’s functions and processes.
Not surprisingly, when your brain functions at its best you increase the uptake of happy hormones like Serotonin and Melatonin. So, by healing the basic functioning of the brain, you can also enjoy healthy, happy brain function. Who would have thought that something as easy as a cup of turmeric tea, rich with curcumin, could be such a potent feel-good brain booster!
One of turmeric's main active ingredients is curcumin. Curcumin has been proven to help alleviate depression in many ways. Curcumin is an antioxidant – it finds and fights free radicals, 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! Of course, remember that using any natural products in place of prescription medication, requires a discussion with your doctor first.
Curcumin regulates brain chemicals like serotonin and noradrenalin, which are responsible for the increased production of dopamine. The amplified secretion of dopamine dictates how our body comprehends pleasure as well as pain. This is why turmeric elevates moods and positively influences emotions.
The Science Of Turmeric's
• Curcumin, a bioactive ingredient in turmeric, exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities
• Curcumin is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, which is one reason why it holds promise as a neuroprotective agent
• Recent animal research suggests another bioactive compound in turmeric called aromatic-turmerone can increase neural stem cell growth in the brain by as much as 80 percent at certain concentrations
• Previous research has also shown that curcumin may help inhibit the accumulation of destructive beta-amyloids in the brain of Alzheimer's patients, as well as break up existing plaques
• Curcumin also has the most evidence-based literature supporting its use against cancer of any other nutrient studied, including vitamin D .
The above from an article by health guru Dr Mercola – read the entire article by clicking here.
Turmeric And Your Mind and Moods
Let’s start to understand why turmeric, and the curcumin therein, is so helpful in lifting the mood…
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, 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 play a part in your moods:
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.
Balance is key to maintaining your hormone levels! When depression or low mood strikes, levels of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin become abnormal, but the curcumin has been proven to block and counter this.
The Optimal Daily Dose
Everybody reacts differently to natural remedies, so the daily turmeric dosage will be different from one person to the next. An intake of 1 – 3g (1000 – 3000mg) of dried turmeric root powder per day is the standard dose. Although turmeric is very safe and 4-6 grams a day can be easily taken without any issues. Of course if you are new to turmeric start slow and then reach this quantity.
Turmeric is a food source so it only stays in your system for 4 to 8 hours and this varies depending on the metabolism of each person. When taking turmeric for curative reasons we recommend taking small amounts frequently throughout the day for best results.
Turmeric Is A Precious Brain Nutrient for Children
From young to old, curcumin will boost the levels of the brain hormone BDNF in the brain! And of course for children BDNF, being the growth hormone that's responsible for learning and memory, is extremely beneficial in helping to increase the growth of new neurons in your kid’s brain!
So, turmeric can improve brain function, it can also give a positive boost to your kiddie’s focus, concentration, and behavior.
Turmeric Is Invaluable For Elders
Alzheimer’s disease has been characterized by progressive deterioration of the brain and behavioural changes. Curcumin is known to delay the degradation of the neurons and also act as an antioxidant, which notably improves the memory of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. It has long been noted that elderly people in India have low rates of Alzheimer’s disease.
One reason may be that they consume a lot of turmeric in their diets. A study found that curcumin may prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloid plaque build-up in the brain. In addition to helping prevent Alzheimer’s, turmeric works to help treat it once it’s been diagnosed.
Turmeric Can Alleviate Depression
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!
Get Your Daily Dose of Turmeric in
Taka Turmeric Teas!
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.
Visit our 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…
Our Taka teas and blends are lovingly loaded with curcumin-carrying turmeric (plus a treasure-trove of other 100% organic ingredients). Besides the scientific benefits, the delicious smells and tastes can raise any mood, in an instant. And while you are choosing your delicious flavors, 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…
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Are you on any prescription medications? Before adding something new to your diet for medicinal purposes, make sure to check with your Physician .
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