Written by Hannah Mladenovich
While mental health is essential for our overall well-being, it is still a topic that is often overlooked and stigmatized in our society. Fortunately, May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity for individuals and communities to raise awareness about this critical issue.
In this blog, we explore how Curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, can play a pivotal role in aiding our mental health. While curcumin (from turmeric) may not be the first thing that comes to mind when we consider ways to improve mental health, recent studies have shown that its anti-inflammatory properties can be a helpful component to those who struggle with mental health.
The Healing Benefits of Curcumin:
Curcumin is a naturally occurring compound that exists in turmeric and has been used as a natural remedy in eastern medicine for millennia. Recently, western civilizations have recognized the amazing healing benefits and started researching the all-encompassing benefits and how it can be used now and, in the future, to treat both physical and mental ailments.
Curcumin has been studied by scientists for decades due to its positive findings of being an excellent natural remedy with extensive benefits. Possible research has shown that physical benefits of Curcumin show a positive growth in aiding as an anti-inflammatory, reducing the risk of heart disease, delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes, and even warding off cancer.
In addition to the physical benefits, recent studies have also shown to host promising results relating to curcumin and mental health. Certain studies are examining whether curcumin could be used as anatural antidepressant. For example,in one study, three groups of people with depression were given either Curcumin supplements, Prozac, or a combination of both. In the mentioned 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.
Based on research, Curcumin 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. Up to this point, the studies have also indicated that it is perfectly safe for people to take indefinitely and works well in unison with other medically tested antidepressants. Further, curcumin doesn’t share the problematic side effects of known antidepressants.
The mental health hurdle is still an obstacle we will have to face in the near and distant future. However, the good news to all of this? You are not alone, and there are many healthy ways to cope and treat mental illnesses.
Your Daily Dose of Curcumin Found in ZYN:
Studies have shown that curcumin is most effective when consumed with another agent that boosts its absorption. The preferred booster is Piperine, the active compound found in black pepper. When you drink your daily ZYNReady-Made drinks or mix in yourDaily Wellness Drink Mix, you are not only getting the benefits of the Curcumin, but also Piperine as the booster agent to maximize absorption into your body. Thus, increasing the maximum benefits that Curcumin can provide.
Popular for its healing hydration, immunity boost, gut health (which directly impacts mental health), as well as rapid recovery–the ingredients within our ZYN products are made specifically with health and healing in mind. As we continue to uncover the world of uncertainty, we can feel confident in providing our body with the healthy ingredients and nutrients needed to minimize the effects of common mental health battles such as anxiety and depression.
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