When it comes to stress, not everybody reacts in the same way. You can find people getting hyper, and behaving panicky or even in an aggressive way. Others have a calmer and more relaxed response to such events. Why exactly is that? The genetic and constitutional make-up of one individual is different from the other, and many hormones, chemicals and other factors come into play. That said, there are medicines that can aid in anxiety management. But if you wish to go the traditional route, foods such as Turmeric can be very useful. This is a tropical plant grown in countries like India, and is a staple in dishes. Just what makes it great for anxiety management? Read on and find out!
What Makes Turmeric Perfect for Anxiety Management?
Turmeric is used as a spice. It prevents anxiety disorders and promotes brain health due to the presence of the compound called curcumin. The compound is noted for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and can be useful in preventing brain cell damage resulting from oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.
Studies on animals also indicate that the use of curcumin can boost the alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) to DHA conversion in a more effective way. It can boost the levels of DHA in the brain. A randomized research carried out on 80 diabetics showed that 80 mg nano-curcumin supplementation daily for eight weeks led to much reduced anxiety symptoms than a placebo.
In one more randomized, and small-sized crossover study, it was revealed that having 1 gm of curcumin every day for a 30-day period resulted in much reduced anxiety symptoms than a placebo.
Same types of effects were observed in a randomized research conducted over an 8-week period in people suffering from major depressive disorder, following the consumption of curcumin (500 mg) for eight weeks.
The studies had promising results. But these observed curcumin supplementation effects, instead of getting curcumin from turmeric. Thus, there is a need for further research in this segment.
It is certainly a good idea to add Turmeric into your daily diet. While Turmeric has its benefits, you cannot depend on it alone for reducing your anxiety issues. The trick is to have other foods as well, to complement its benefits, which are known to be similarly effective at anxiety reduction. Did you know that even Dark chocolate has its advantages in reducing anxiousness? Yes, you can grab a bite of that as well, although infrequently.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: James Johnson is the founder of Healthy Reports. He is a seasoned researcher and author with over 15 years of experience. He has a unique combination of experience and skills in nutrition, dietetics, and communication.