Who knew a bright yellow spice being used in Asian cuisine for centuries could have so many medical applications. Yes, you read it right, the turmeric you see giving life to curry, mustard, butter and cheese has marvelous results in healing pain and inflammations. It is also a recommended ayurvedic and homeopathic medicine for maladies like depression, fever, high cholesterol, itching, skin and liver diseases.
Depression is an inflammatory disease which develops as a result of chronic tenderness and oxidative stress. It might also be caused by underlying conditions like hypothyroidism. For mental and Physical health, turmeric is well documented as being the best anti-inflammatory agent all around the globe. It has an active compound, curcumin which is enriched in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Curcumin and depression
Recent studies have proved that both depression and chronic inflammation are inter-linked. Curcumin- the chief antioxidant presents in turmeric scavenges the free radicals which had created the particular inflammation. Whether it is used alone or with other medications for supportive role, it is equally effective.
How to use it?
There are two ideal ways to increase your daily intake of turmeric.
- As supplements
Almost all the local and online food stores provide turmeric supplements. It is also available in tincture or extracts forms. The form of turmeric doesn’t affect the overall result of the treatment, the only thing which matters is the percentage of curcumin (ideally 95% in it).
- In meals
You can also add turmeric in your meals with other spices. Try to use the product whose curcumin quantity is mentioned on the label, it will assist you in measuring the right amount of turmeric which you need to cure your depression. And if you are successful in finding a high – curcumin turmeric, one teaspoon of it in your everyday meal will be perfect.
Note: Try to use the same dose of turmeric daily for optimal benefits.
Side effects and risk factors
Although both turmeric and curcumin are quite safe to use, their therapeutic usage can cause some side effects too. These include
- Upset stomach and overall digestive system
The chances of any risks and side effects can be reduced by starting with a small quantity or mild dose and gradually increasing up to recommended dosage.
And if we talk about the other extreme, there is no maximum dose of curcumin. But following the recommendations of your physician is always the best choice to be made.