Will turmeric help your depression? I read so much good stuff this past summer about Turmeric that I decided to give it a try.
A huge bonus is that it is very inexpensive to purchase in pill or powder form (or else would not have done a trial, I don’t have cash to throw away on guessing game remedies). I bought mine at IHerb.com.
How Can Turmeric Help Depression?
I decided to try it because I have a form of ME/CFS and also the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia in addition to BP-1. Anything that may help me feel better, be more productive and prevent worsening of symptoms I give a try. Why not?
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I’ve had some progression of symptoms the past few years so have gotten back into ‘treatment’ mode and put some focus on my health issues. For many years illness issues stayed in the background and I got to have a bunch of fun being Mom to the awesome teen, travel the world and have some success as a freelance writer/editor/blogger.
Life was good for a while. Let’s get back to that good state was my general train of thought.
When I learned that this natural herb has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties along with many other medicinal actions such as antiviral properties, it really piqued my interest.
The below is from the article “Turmeric and the Flu” on Turmeric for Health website.
“Inexpensive antiviral agents like turmeric are being widely studied – especially their ability to contain an infection. Among the many agents studied is curcumin, which has cell signaling effects which could prove beneficial. Laboratory studies found that curcumin reduced viral replication of 90% and more of cells infected by influenza virus.”
“It also displayed an ability to protect infection from spreading to other cells. This ability to halt replication of microbes and viruses means that turmeric could offer therapeutic benefits in treating flu.”
Source: Turmeric and the Flu.
Some of my health issues (ME/CFS and Fibro) have medical research supporting possible infectious viral or bacterial agents as a primary cause. And inflammation from infections or tissue injury a possible cause for many debillitating symptoms.
A cheap herb that can help reduce inflammation and fight viruses in the body? Sign me up.
Active Ingredient Curcurmin May Increase Serotonin Levels
Anyone who has suffered from severe depression and researched this mental health disorder or entered into treatment has heard of the neurotransmitter serotonin.
Serotonin this, serotonin that and take some Prozac as it will increase the levels of serotonin in your brain and you will feel good. Be happy. Sigh. They don’t usually tell you they aren’t really sure if that is the cause of your ill health and feelings of despair nor that Prozac – or any other antidepressant on the market – has some pretty icky side effects, including the possibility of causing suicidal ideation and attempts.
And don’t forget, most of the serotonin produced in your body (90%) comes from your gut, not your brain. Source: Microbes Help Produce Serotonin in Gut.
Here is an abstract from an article about the antidepressant effects of curcumin that is on the U.S. National Library of Medicine website.
“Curcumin also modulates various neurotransmitter levels in the brain. The present review attempts to discuss some of the potential protective role of curcumin in animal models of major depression, tardive dyskinesia and diabetic neuropathy. These studies call for well planned clinical studies on curcumin for its potential use in neurological disorders.”
Incredibly exciting news for anyone struggling with depression in any form, especially those who may have co-existing neurological conditions or debilitating symptoms such as unrelenting fatigue.
Personally, I’ve had positive results from taking curcumin capsules such as reduction in viral symptoms when had a recent flare and a calming sensation after taking it for a few weeks.
If you try it, I hope you have positive results as well.