Turmeric, the edible root of the Curcuma longa plant, is a bold yellow spice used profoundly in traditional Asian dishes. Owing to the active ingredient, curcumin, turmeric has found its way in several herbal medicines since ancient times.
There is abundant research on turmeric suggesting that it can help in managing anxiety and depression.
- Curcumin functions as an Anxiolytic
Those suffering from atypical/common depression showed better results from curcumin treatment. The anxiolytic effects of curcumin can be attributed to its potential to normalize certain physiological pathways.
2. Curcumin has Anti-inflammatory Properties
Medical literature is filled with studies that show a positive correlation between chronic inflammation and depression. This means that lowering inflammation can treat depression.
Recent research has revealed that curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties, which in turn, can prove beneficial in treating depression.
DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is a type of omega 3 fatty acid and is regarded as an essential for brain health. It has an important role in the normal function and development of the brain as well as neuroprotection.
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