Turmeric rocks. Period! Seriously there have been over 500 peer reviewed studies on this root that have revealed hundreds of potential therapeutic applications for it, namely treating depression naturally.
Now it’s been known for a pretty long time that turmeric is awesome for inflammation and hands down is as efficient as aspirin, ibuprofen and a bunch of other anti-inflammatory drugs.
What is less well known is it’s ability to treat depression. It turns out turmeric is superior to Prozac in treating depression. A groundbreaking study in Phytotherapy Research has shown that the bio-active component in turmeric, known as cur-cumin, “is both safe and effective in treating serious states of depression,” according to GreenMed Info. As an added perk, cur-cumin actually provides “side-benefits” such as protective and healing attributes that go far beyond the management of depression.
When using turmeric powder to enhance mental function and health, a small pinch of non-irradiated black pepper will massively improve bio-availability and absorption. Researchers have found that up to 8 grams of turmeric can be consumed per day without adverse effect.
But the best tip when it comes to turmeric is boosting the bio-availability. Researchers have found that taken alone the absorption of turmeric is low, but by mixing with pepper or a healthy fat such as coconut oil, it really boosts how much turmeric the body takes in.
I like a root juice of carrot, beet, ginger and turmeric. If you haven’t tried turmeric before I just want to let you know that it has a pretty strong taste, so a little goes a long way. You may like to start off with a small chunk and build up to the size of about half your pinky finger. Another hot Tyler Tolman tip is to add apple to take the edge off.
Of course the best way to boost your mood is to start living according to the Seven Principles Of Health. Deep breathing, drinking water, getting out in the sun, exercising, eating whole food, being in nourishing relationships, and finding your passion.
So if you want to boost your mood, here is an awesome smoothie that includes turmeric and coconut oil and tastes amazing! Drink it out in the sunshine and fresh air for maximum benefits 😉
Prep time: 5 minutes
- 1 cup hemp or coconut milk
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple or mango chunks
- 1 fresh banana 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon maca (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a blender or smoothie maker
- Blend together until it reaches your preferred consistency