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The Wonders of Using Turmeric for Anxiety – We were astounded at the facts!

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Last updated on November 29, 2019

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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

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
  • Diabetes
  • Hay Fever
  • Joint Pain or Arthritis
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Reduced Fertility
  • Skin Health

Apply directly to the skin to alleviate:

  • Acne
  • Bruising
  • Eye Infections
  • Gum Disease
  • Infection
  • Ringworm
  • Sprains
  • Swellings

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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  1. Hello Panda!

    I like this post very much.

    Turmeric is a great suggestion, you can cook with it, or supplement your diet with it. I think it would be more effective if turmeric is used in both forms daily to increase its effectiveness.

    This mean cooking with turmeric as much as you can, and use nootropic turmeric supplements to boost confidence and dissolve anxiety.

  2. Thanks for posting this about turmeric. Turmeric is now well-known as somewhat as a miracle food. And the benefit you get from it by relaxing the mind may very well be helpful with anxiety issues.

  3. Jay Jay

    I think the importance of tumeric is been overlooked. It is a herb that has an amazing ability to cure or manage numerous ailments and the fact that it can also be used on anxiety is just another important reason why tumeric should never be overlooked. 

    I never thought tumeric could be used in whitening ones teeth. That would be pretty useful.

  4. Israel Israel

    Thanks for the informative post! I’ve heard about the wonders of using turmeric for depression and anxiety but haven’t got access to it even till now. It’s interesting to know that consumption of curcumin is beneficial for ten different ailments including joint pain or arthritis and can be applied to the eye to remove eye infections and many others. Thanks for clarifying this in the post!

    Kudos for the instructions given on using turmeric as a healing herb! I know there could be some side effects in consuming this herb without taking precautions. It’s as important as noting that turmeric is not suitable for consumption during pregnancy or while breastfeeding and shouldn’t be consumed for a period longer than 8 months. Thanks for the great post!

    Israel Olatunji

  5. mark kabakov mark kabakov

    Anxiety Panda, Hello! Today you care about our health and mood again. Perfectly! You worry that we do not worry and offer turmeric. As always, you do it thoroughly, in detail and authoritatively. 

    I brought an opinion from Israel to the discussion.

    In Israel, they released a dietary supplement with saffron and turmeric, which have been proven to be effective in treating depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. A new dietary supplement called “Saprox” in addition to saffron and turmeric contains folic acid, which promotes the synthesis of serotonin, and magnesium, which has a calming effect. 

    According to Professor Moshe Kotler from Tel Aviv University, this drug is at the beginning of the journey and is a natural alternative for those who do not want to take synthetic medicines.    

    According to Professor Kotler, the drug is recommended for people suffering from depression without the risk of suicide or patients in whom taking antidepressants causes sexual disorders.

    The existence of a natural over-the-counter product is good news for people suffering from depression. But he recommends in any case to consult a doctor.

    I learned with great pleasure your useful topic and wish you success. You are great at helping people. Thank. Mark

    • AnxietyPanda AnxietyPanda

      Thank you SO much for bringing the supplement Saprox to AnxietyPanda’s attention. 
      Always useful to know about new products.
      The addition of Folic Acid is genius! AnxietyPanda will be sure to investigate this supplement further, THANK YOU!

  6. Nathalie Nathalie

    Hello AnxietyPanda,

    First, I would LOVE to see your real name. I saw that you were from South Africa… I spent a few months in Cape Town in 2002 and I love it! Friends there gave me the name “Nosipho”. 🙂 

    About turmeric, I have been using it myself in its root form for almost 6 years now and cannot stop recommending it to everyone around me. I had had some in powder in curry mixes before but I personally find that using the whole root itself is more powerful and harmonious… I usually juice a piece of turmeric root almost every day in my juice. I do notice that it calms me down and helps me sleep better. 🙂

    Turmeric is also an excellent liver-cleanser and I did notice that some people I know with not-so-good livers had some nausea when they put too much turmeric root in their juice…

    Have you tried juicing some yourself? It’s very good with citrus fruit I find…


  7. mzakapon mzakapon

    Thanks for sharing this resourceful information about using Turmeric for Anxiety. I really could not know about multiple use of Turmeric if I could not read your article. 

    But I have seen it’s uses in our local region on other purpose. I believe it has valuable medicine element. It’s best to begin with a coffee dose and step by step increase it over time. this can be necessary to attenuate any abdomen facet effects and nausea which will occur upon initial exposure.

  8. Michelle Michelle

    Hello Anxiety Panda,

    Thanks for this informational post. I was doing some research on Tumeric when I came across your article. Well-presented. 

    I have heard about the anti-inflammatory properties of Tumeric as well as using it as teeth-whitener (though, I hasten to admit that I have not ventured into trying it…just the thought of the taste and the coloring of my toothbrush)LOL.

    I have had it as a tea and it was a blend with ginger and it was actually very refreshing and nice-tasting too. I just think that is is so awesome that we can find so many natural solutions in Mother Nature if we take the time to look for them.

    Keep up the good job.


  9. Chris Chris

    Thank you for this great post. I have to be honest and say that I had never ever thought of using turmeric to treat anxiety before. But ist sounds like a great natural solution to this problem so it has to be worth giving it a try. i love your idea of using it to brush your teeth! I will definitely give they a try, I am not sure I believe you when you say it doesnt turn your teeth yellow!

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