Thursday, May 18, 2017

How an Ayurvedic Herbal Staple Helps Depression

For better or for worse depression is on the rise today. Depression has become the leading psychological disorder in the western world.  It affects all age groups, but it is especially prevalent among teenagers. At the rate depression is increasing, it will be the second most disabling condition in the world by 2020.

While depression is personal and individual, a common element is some cases of depression is inflammation, specifically gut inflammation. Further, even low grade chronic inflammation is being linked to depression. Researchers at this point are not sure what came first the chicken or the egg.  Meaning, depression and mood disorders can cause inflammation in the body. Conversely, body inflammation can be a risk factor or cause of depression.

Inflammation is clearly not something we want and is bad for both the body and the mind.  Curcumin, the active ingredient in the Aurvedic and Indian spice turmeric, is a polyphenol with an amazing amount of therapeutic activities, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer effects.  Studies are finding the use of curcumin to help alleviate inflammation and depression.  One study even used curcumin with anti-depressant drugs and found curcurmin to be an effective choice for treatment of depression.

Ayurveda uses turmeric in food spice blends and herbal supplements because of its incredible healing properties.  Eating real food in its natural state helps with nutrient assimilation.  If one wants to use curcumin in supplement form, make sure it has been optimized for maximum absorption.  Many supplement companies submit themselves to third party testing and clinical trials to prove their quality and effectiveness.  When using curcumin, it is a good idea to use a reputable product.

While supplements are and can be helpful in treating our ailments, lifestyle changes are necessary too.  A supplement can jump start recovery, but our bodies need balancing. Otherwise, the root cause of the inflammation or other illness will continue to weaken our health.  An Ayurvedic health practitioner or Holistic Health Coach can help with making lifestyle changes.

Stay healthy & well,

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