Turmeric is the golden root which is a powerful anti-inflamatory that stops the growth of pre-cancerous cells, helps Alzheimer’s, lowers bad cholesterol, and treats skin cancer.
It’s also used to treat arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders. via MedlinePlus
Tumeric Fights Depression
The list goes on and on, but perhaps the most interesting thing turmeric can do is treat Major Depressive Disorder. This is 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.
In a recent study , Curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) equaled the effects of the prescription drug fluoxetine (the generic form of Prozac).
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
Although there are many other ways to get your fill of turmeric, 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 (peel it by holding a spoon against the root, convex side towards you, and lightly brush the spoon against it- the skin should come off easily)
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
Combine all ingredients into a small pitcher, stir and serve with a slice of lemon as a garnish