We are all looking for that extra boost right now to put us in a healthy mental and physical state. This is a period of uncertainty, which provokes panic and anxiety, and yet we are told it’s important to focus on the day-to-day and to remain calm in the scheme of things.
Easier said than done, right?
Although there is no magical solution or magical food to immediately boost your immune system and keep you sane, there are some proven things that can help! General things like consistent exercise, a healthy diet and good sleep are all important factors.
Are there any natural remedies that can help my physical state?
Curcumin has been studied by scientists for decades now because it appears to be an excellent natural remedy with extensive benefits. Research has shown that curcumin is an 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.
Are there any natural remedies that can help my mental state?
Recent studies are beginning to have promising results relating to curcumin and mental health. Certain studies are particularly examining whether curcumin could be 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 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.
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. Up to this point, the studies have also indicated to be perfectly safe for people to take indefinitely. Further, curcumin doesn’t share the problematic side effects of other anti-depressants.
However, 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 turmeric is a staple spice in Indian cuisine.
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 is 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.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.