Curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric, has antioxidant and mood supporting properties. It also has neurotrophic effects, suggesting a strong potential to support brain health.
There is growing research evidence that curcumin has the potential to effectively assist in maintaining healthy mood and brain function.
Curcumin is a natural mood supplement that may also alleviate anxiety
A study carried out by researchers at Australia’s Murdoch University found that curcumin extracts reduced anxiety and depression scores. They noted that it was particularly effective at alleviating anxiety.
Moreover, even low doses of the curcumin extract were effective in enhancing mood.
Curcumin has been found in other studies to provide natural support to mood and brain health without unpleasant side-effects.
It works by raising levels of dopamine and serotonin, two vital neurotransmitters related to depression.
In addition, because depression is believed to be caused by chronic inflammation, it makes sense that curcumin’s ability to support the body’s natural responses to inflammation could help improve mood.
It’s worth noting that curcumin can be taken alongside antidepressants safely; studies have even shown taking the two together can enhance their effectiveness. However, it’s important to keep in mind that antidepressants carry a lot of risks, so it’s worth exploring whether curcumin alone could be enough to alleviate an individual’s depression.
Curcumin can help those suffering from MDD
Studies have also found that curcumin reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression in those suffering from a major depressive disorder (MDD). Two such studies are the following:
First study was published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. That study involved fifty-six patients, all of whom were diagnosed with MDD. In the study, which was randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled, the patients were divided into two groups. The first group received a curcumin supplement twice a day for a period of eight weeks. The second group received a placebo capsule during the same time period.
Prior to week four, both groups exhibited improvements in the MDD, but from the fourth week those who were given curcumin achieved significantly greater overall improvements compared to the placebo group.
The second study was again randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study that also involved patients that suffer from MDD, The patients were divided into two groups – the first group was treated with antidepressant drugs alone, while the second group received the same drug as well as curcumin supplement. By week six of the study, the curcumin group exhibited improvement in their MDD symptoms that were substantially greater than those who only received antidepressant drugs. Based on this study’s results, the authors wrote: “These findings indicate the potential benefits of … curcumin to reverse the development of depression and enhance the outcome of antidepressant treatments in major depressive disorders”.
Curcumin is great in improving mood and memory
Curcumin is a natural compound with multi-faceted pharmacological properties, interacting with several neurotransmitter systems and intracellular signaling pathways involved in mood regulation.
The idea of curcumin helping with mood is supported by a study that was published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry earlier this year. In that study, researchers found that participants who took curcumin supplements noted mood improvements, and they plan to explore this connection in a study of patients with depression. The researchers expressed optimism that curcumin could be a safe way to provide people with cognitive benefits; they also discovered that it can improve memory.
How can I get good quality of curcumin?
Curcumall® is an all-natural herbal supplement developed over the course of seven years by scientists in the health and medical research fields to harness the health-giving properties of curcumin without the problem of stomach upset and with improved absorption.
Typically, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream through the digestive tract. Curcumall® is more readily absorbed than most available curcumin products due to its extraction process and liquid form. This technologically advanced formula delivers more curcumin to the blood while optimizing its efficacy.
Most Curcumin products include piperine, an extract of black pepper that is added to enhance the absorption of Curcumin. Turmeric supplements using piperine may cause problems with pharmaceutical medications, and people who take Curcumin supplements containing piperine, have complained about gastrointestinal upset caused by the piperine. Curcumall® doesn’t contain piperine while offering high absorption of Curcumin.
Tip: If you want to use good quality curcumin/ turmeric as a natural antidepressant, to alleviate anxiety, improve your mood and memory or benefit from the other health-giving properties of it, take Curcumall® twice daily.
Curcumall® has no side effects. You can even use it in cooking. Check out our recipes here for an easy way to incorporate curcumin into your menu.
Suggested Use: Twice daily, mix 1-2 teaspoons of Curcumall® liquid curcumin in a glass of water and drink on an empty stomach (half an hour before a meal, or two hours after a meal).
- Lopresti, A.L., Maes, M., Maker, G.L., Hood, S.D. and Drummond, P.D., 2014. Curcumin for the treatment of major depression: a randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled study. Journal of affective disorders, 167, pp.368-375.
- Sanmukhani, J., Satodia, V., Trivedi, J., Patel, T., Tiwari, D., Panchal, B., Goel, A. and Tripathi, C.B., 2014. Efficacy and safety of curcumin in major depressive disorder: a randomized controlled trial. Phytotherapy research, 28(4), pp.579-585.
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