Curcumin has been studied by scientists for decades now, because it appears to be an excellent natural remedy with a number of amazing abilities. Different studies have shown that curcumin is anti-inflammatory, may reduce the risk of heart disease, may delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, and may even ward off cancer. Turmeric has been used as a natural remedy in eastern medicine for millennia, and western medicine is finally starting to recognize why.
Now, studies are starting to have promising results relating to curcumin and mental health. A few studies are examining whether curcumin could be a natural antidepressant, and the results are quite interesting.
For example, in one study, three groups of people with depression were given either curcumin supplements, Prozac, or a combination of both. In this study, curcumin was found to be as effective as Prozac at treating depression, and the patients who fared the best were the patients who took both Prozac and curcumin.
Curcumin is a naturally occurring compound that exists in turmeric. It appears to limit inflammation by blocking certain molecules that cause inflammation. When it comes to depression, the theory is that curcumin helps boost levels of serotonin and dopamine, both of which are mood elevators. Researchers are excited that curcumin appears to be safe to take in conjunction with other anti-depressants. It also seems to be perfectly safe for most people to take indefinitely, and it doesn’t share the problematic side effects of other anti-depressants.
But this isn’t the only good news regarding mental health and curcumin. Other researchers believe that regular consumption of curcumin helps ward off Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. This theory stems from the fact that the rate of Alzheimer’s in India is more than four times lower than it is in the United States, and Indian cuisine relies heavily on turmeric.
The studies all agree that curcumin is most effective when consumed with some other agent that boosts its absorption. The preferred booster is piperine, the active compound in black pepper. This is exactly what’s used in ZYN.
By combining the recommended daily dose of curcumin with the absorption-boosting power of piperine, our hope is to bring curcumin benefits to a wider range of people. The science isn’t all in just yet, but we have every reason to believe that curcumin has a number of benefits for both mental and physical health.
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