Turmeric (Curcuma longa/Curcuma domestica) is a common ingredient in Indian and Indoesian cuisine. It’s added to curry powders, mustards and other recipes. This spice offers great healing power and offers numerous benefits.
The yellow spice is incredibly versatile, and you can use it to whiten your teeth. Turmeric soothes rashes, enhances digestion and gives your body an antioxidant kick. It has beneficial effect on mental and physical health.
Experts at the California College of Ayurveda say that turmeric can be used in the treatment of many diseases, including amenorrhea, anemia, arthritis, atherosclerosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, bronchitis, bursitis, common cold, conjunctivitis, diabetes, diarrhea, edema, fever, gallstones, headaches, hemorrhoids, ingestion, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), liver disease, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (e.g. hepatitis C, genital herpes), urinary tract infections, and others.
-- A 2006 study found that turmeric is more effective in preventing joint inflammation than reducing joint inflammation
-- A 2010 study confirmed that a turmeric product, Meriva, relieves pain and restores function in patients with knee osteoarthritis
-- A 2012 pilot study found that a curcumin product, BCM-95, relieves pain and swelling caused by rheumatoid arthritis, suggesting that it’s more powerful than NSAIDs.
The anti-inflammatory effect of turmeric
The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, reduces inflammation. It’s a polyphenol that reduces inflammation markers. A 9-study meta-analysis based on the effect of curcumin on knee osteoarthritis curcumin can be used as a complementary treatment of osteoarthritis. More than 630 million people across the world deal with this ailment.
Inflammation, depression and brain
Robert J. Hedaya, MD, a psychiatrist and clinical professor of psychiatry at the Georgetown University Medical Center explains that inflammation affects hormones and neurotransmitters in your brain and lowers the levels of serotonin. This results in depression, anxiety, and memory issues. inflammation increases dopamine levels, contributing to insomnia, anxiety and agitation. The levels of glutamine increase, leading to anxiety.
Dr. Hedaya points out the fact that inflammation affects your brain function, affecting cognition and mental health.
A 2010 study published in the journal Immunology found that chronic immune activation is common in neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body dementia, and Huntington disease), immune-mediated disorders, ischemia and trauma.
Curcumin and depression
Curcumin has positive antidepressant and anti-anxiety effect thanks to its ability to regulate specific psychiological pathways. It increases the levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters and lowers stress hormones, as explained by Adrian Lopesti, PhD, Murdoch University.
A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association found that curcumin reduces subjective depression symptoms by 35 percent.
Curcumin affects the levels of serotonin and dopamine. It provides an increase in alpha, beta-1 and theta brain waives within a week.
Stress-relieving turmeric lemonade
- 5 cups of water
- 4 tbsp of freshly ground turmeric root
- 3 tbsp of honey
- 2 tsp of grated ginger
- ½ cup of fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup of orange juice
How to make it?
Bring the water to a boil, and add in your spicy ingredients. Steep for 10 minutes. Strain and add in your honey. Add lemon juice, and enjoy!
Turmeric is one of the best natural remedies you will ever use. The bioavailability of nanocurcumin is about 80-90 percent which is 40 times more than the bioavailability of “regular” curcumin. Nanocurcumin passes the blood-brain bareer and can improve the brain function directly.