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.
In a clinical trial on major depressive disorder, 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.
This are really good news, since Prozac and other drugs used in treating depression have serious side effects, including trouble breathing, bleeding in the stomach and thoughts of suicide.
Dr. Ajay Goel, Baylor Research Institute and Charles A Sammons Cancer Center, Baylor University Medical Center and study’s 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.”
How To Make Turmeric Lemonade
There are many different ways to get your fill of turmeric,but this recipe is particularly tasty. It can also be used in combination with this anti-anxiety lemonade.
Turmeric Lemonade Recipe – [Makes 4 servings]
- 4 cups cold filtered or sparkling water
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated or powdered turmeric
- 4 tablespoons 100% maple syrup, honey or Stevia if you are avoiding sugar
- Juice of 1 – 1/2 lemons or limes
- Optional: add the juice of 1 blood orange
Mix all the ingredients into a small pitcher, stir and serve with a slice of lemon as a garnish.