This Natural Antidepressant Could Make You Feel Way Less Anxious

You'll find it in your spice rack...

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You’ve heard it’s good for you – and it tastes flippin’ insane in bobotie – but get this: now show that curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, may help counter major depressive disorder (MDD) and anxiety.

We got the low-down from nutritional expert Vanessa Ascencao…

What’s The Turmeric Depression Connection?

“Depression is treatable with various modalities, including lifestyle interventions and a host of natural support such as curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, renowned for its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties – which may support healthy mood and help counter depression,” says Ascencao.

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“Research shows that curcumin may be a powerful weapon to help counter depression and anxiety and that it may have long-term effects on cognitive function by protecting against brain inflammation.”

A Natural Mood-Booster

According to Ascencao, turmeric has been used for centuries as an Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine treatment. “Turmeric root is often ground into a powder and consumed as a spice,” she says. “Recently, curcumin has been shown to be a powerful antidepressant and used to protect the brain. Generally, curcumin works by counteracting the harmful chronic inflammation promoted by many aspects of modern life.”

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Studies have confirmed the positive effects of BCM-95, a curcumin formulation, in treating major depressive disorder (MDD) and have found that curcumin’s effectiveness is similar to that of a standard anti-depressant medication, without the side effects and with added health benefits, adds Ascencao.

It’s never a bad idea to sprinkle your food with this miracle spice. You can also chat to your doc about food supplements, which are available – but note that studies are ongoing, so don’t go ditching your prescribed meds if you do suffer from anxiety or depression.

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