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Turmeric is one of the most potent natural cure-alls. This anti-inflammatory, antioxidant packed, cancer fighting, anti-bacterial and anti-viral superfood, turmeric has now been found to lift depression more effectively then any other conventional drugs.
Turmeric Fights Depression
Turmeric is a super root which is very beneficial for our health. It’s rich in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, is great for brain health, lowers the risk of a heart disease, and has been found to lift depression, as we previously mentioned. In a clinical trial on major depressive disorder (MDD), Curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) was found to have equal effects as the prescription drug fluoxetine (the generic form of Prozac), without any adverse effects.
Dr. Ajay Goel, Baylor Research Institute and Charles A Sammons Cancer Center, Baylor University Medical Center and study co-author, stated: “It is a novel and surprising application for this natural medicine. People with depression have higher levels of inflammation in the brain. Also, people with depression have lower levels of neurogenesis in the brain, meaning they make fewer new brain cells than people with no history of depression. Curcumin is both a potent anti-inflammatory agent and a powerful stimulator for neurogenesis.”
You should also know that new research has found that adding turmeric to your dishes greatly reduces inflammation in the body.
Turmeric Lemonade (for 4 servings)
4 cups cold filtered or sparkling water
2 tablespoons freshly grated or powdered turmeric
4 tablespoons of 100% maple syrup, honey or Stevia if you are avoiding sugar
Juice of 1 1/2 lemons or limes
Juice of 1 blood orange (optional)
Instructions: Mix all the ingredients into a small pitcher, stir and serve with a slice of lemon as a garnish.