Last updated on June 8, 2019by
Many have described using Turmeric for Anxiety and Depression as being more effective than Prozac.
This wonder-herb is known to contain compounds with medicinal properties and also include acting as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and mood enhancer.
Who would’ve thought that this ancient spice from the east could prove to be such a powerful healer?
AnxietyPanda wants to show you the wonders of using Turmeric for Anxiety and hope you find this article informative.
Using Turmeric for Anxiety – What is Turmeric?
Turmeric powder, bright yellow-orange in color, is gathered from the roots of the flowering Turmeric plant(part of the Ginger family).
You’ll most probably know it from the curry dish, as it is the spice that is used to make the curry and the rice yellow.
It has a mustardy, earthy sort of aroma and gives an almost bitter flavor to foods.
Turmeric is also used as a dye (for both food and fabric) and is added to foods as an additive to protect against sunlight.
In South and Southeast Asia, Turmeric is collected for use in Indian traditional medicine and can be found growing freely in the wild.
Fun fact: Turmeric is also used as part of the Tamil-Telugu marriage ritual. Dried turmeric is tied with string to create a necklace that the groom places around his bride’s neck. In other Indian cultures, the turmeric is tied to the wedding couples wrists during the ceremony. These symbolize the equivalent of wedding bands in Western Culture.
Why could Turmeric help for Anxiety?
According to Wikipedia, Turmeric powder consist of:
“approximately 60–70% carbohydrates, 6–13% water, 6–8% protein, 5–10% fat, 3–7% dietary minerals, 3–7% essential oils, 2–7% dietary fiber, and 1–6% curcuminoids.”
It’s the curcumin compounds that are the key to many of the health benefits that Turmeric has to offer, including the relief of anxiety and depression.
Although more commonly known for the treatment of inflammation, recent studies have also proven the herbs’ effectiveness in alleviating symptoms of anxiety, depression, and even bipolar disorder.
This is because curcumin helps with the release of serotonin and dopamine, your feel-good hormones, and also releases other essential antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for combating the symptoms of these type of disorders.
For interest’s sake, here is a list of other ailments that consumption of curcumin is beneficial for:
- Blood Sugar Levels
- Brain Health
- Cancer Risk
- Cholesterol Levels
- Hay Fever
- Joint Pain or Arthritis
- Menstrual Problems
- Reduced Fertility
- Skin Health
Apply directly to the skin to alleviate:
- Eye Infections
- Gum Disease
Using Turmeric as a treatment for Anxiety
An extremely important point to remember is that curcumin can’t be absorbed sufficiently when taken on its own.
But, when taken as part of a herb such as Turmeric (some studies also suggest black pepper), your body will absorb the curcumin efficiently.
This will lead to major and natural health benefits in the long run.
To get back to the pepper: There is a common misconception that consuming Turmeric for health reasons is ineffective because the body is unable to absorb curcumin efficiently.
In 1998 a study was performed where it was established that the absorption of curcumin was enhanced by adding black pepper. It is from this conclusion that the misconception was formed.
Turmeric, as a whole herb, acts in the same way towards the curcumin compounds in it as would adding black pepper to the synthetic extracted curcumin.
Curcumin is able to stimulate the formation of new brain cells and their connections and reverse harmful brain changes caused by stress. Curcumin will also help to restore your cortisol levels and adrenal glands to normal functionality. All of this is very important when it comes to combating the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Officially, no specific dosage curcumin for Anxiety has been established. Studies have utilized dosages of between 300mg and 1000mg daily.
It’s best to start with a low dosage and gradually increase it over time. This is necessary to minimize any stomach side effects and nausea that may occur upon first exposure.
We always recommend consulting with your doctor for proper dosage instructions.
Don’t worry, Turmeric can be consumed in many ways – as a herb, powder, capsule supplement, etc. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the best combination and dosages that will suit your individual needs.
Remember, you will have to take Turmeric consistently for at least 4 weeks before you will see these marvelous changes come into effect.
Things to consider before using Turmeric as a healing agent
As with most things, Turmeric comes with a few precautions.
* It is well-known as a blood thinner and should be avoided by those suffering from a bleeding disorder or have difficulty with blood clotting. Turmeric should also be avoided from at least 14 days before any surgery to avoid excessive bleeding.
* Do not take if you have low blood pressure.
* Curcumin can cause gallbladder contraction and should be avoided if you suffer from gallstones.
* Do not take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
* May cause nausea, dizziness, and diarrhea.
Try not to consume for a period longer than 8 months.
Incorporating Turmeric into your diet
Turmeric has a very bitter taste on its own, but luckily there are many ways for you to incorporate it into your diet or daily routines.
Curry Powder – To make a quick curry powder, combine turmeric, ground coriander, ground cumin, and pepper (paprika or cayenne)
Brush your teeth with it – Although Turmeric is also used as a dye, strangely enough, it will not turn your teeth yellow! Instead, it will help to whiten it (your toothbrush WILL turn yellow, though). Brush with Turmeric and then follow with regular brushing.
Turmeric Tea – Stir 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric into a boiling cup of water, simmer, strain and enjoy! As with Green tea, add some honey and lemon juice for great flavor.
Take a supplement – Although it will cost you a heck of a lot more than the common kitchen variety powder, popping a pill is very convenient if you don’t cook much or have a tight schedule.
Add it to your smoothie – Add just a dash to your green smoothie. Too much, and it may turn yellow.
Sprinkle it over your salad – Sprinkle it on your salad or mix with your salad dressing. Healthy!
Have you tried Turmeric for your anxiety or depression? Feel free to share your experiences with us in the comments! Using Turmeric for Anxiety – What are your opinions?
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