Written by Hannah Mladenovich
In recent years the pandemic has caused people to feel very uncertain, concerned, and challenged when it comes to everyday life. Simple things like going to the grocery store, quickly became a heightened safety risk.
Fast forward a year, and we all became more comfortable with our new way of life. For some, it included working from home and creating a new schedule, others found new hobbies in replace of everyday socializing, as well as improved diets, increased exercise, and more focus on the “small things” in life. As times continue to change and evolve, there is still a level of anxiety and worry when it comes to opening the world back up again.
Mental Health and the Pandemic:
A study found last year showed that during the 2020 pandemic 31% of people self-reported symptoms of anxiety and depression. This was doubled compared to pre-pandemic statistics.
Since then, a new study has found an increase of common mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression for those who have contracted and recovered from Covid-19. This study was conducted with U.S. military veterans with no underlying mental health illnesses, who within the last two years, tested positive for Covid-19.
The study has since concluded that those in the recovery group of this Covid-19 study had seen 15 more cases of depression per 1,000 people. This finding also showed a direct correlation to sleeping problems and an increase of drug and alcohol misuse. It was also found that those who recovered experienced a 50 percent increase in suicidal thoughts compared to those who did not contract Covid-19.
The reasoning for this is still unclear; however, experts are currently crediting this to the inflammation of the body and brain as well as the emotional and psychological effects of the pandemic procedures. Additional symptoms that were found in people who have recovered from Covid-19 also included forgetfulness, confusion, lack of concentration, and the sense of feeling “out of it.”
Experts are acknowledging the effects of social interaction as a positive benefit to help decrease mental illness while also battling the global health concerns of social-distancing and maintaining physical health. As the world continues to navigate the ins and outs of Covid-19, one thing's for sure, mental illness is at an all-time high.
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.
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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 a natural 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 ZYN Ready-Made drinks or mix in your Daily 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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