How turmeric works for Anxiety, Depression, Blood Pressure and Heart Disease!
Recent studies have indicated that long-term anxiety and depression could lead to serious effects on heart health, thereby causing heart disease. While we all get anxious in our normal day to day life, it is the persistent and chronic anxiety that may have a relationship with cardiovascular disease as they put a strain on the heart in the long run.
Symptoms such as rapid heart rate, frequent spikes in blood pressure and irregular sleeping patterns could all have a negative impact on heart health.
How can Turmeric help?
Turmeric, the versatile 'curcuma longa' root is one of the most beneficial medicinal herbs of all times. This member of the ginger family contains turmeric, a robust rhizome with numerous healing powers.
Turmeric has been the ‘go to’ herb in Eastern culture for thousands of years and now even the western culture is embracing its medicinal value. It offers so many healing properties that includes, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic and anti-inflammatory – and the list goes on!
As a result of these beneficial properties, Turmeric can treat many health conditions which include preventing heart disease, lowering Blood Pressure, treating depression and reducing stress and anxiety among others.
Let’s dig deep into some of the serious health conditions that can be treated and prevented using Turmeric
Reduces High Blood Pressure.
High blood pressure or hypertension is a condition which can contribute to many heart ailments like heart attack, stroke and even kidney ailments. Which is why it is extremely important to keep a check on your blood pressure and manage it regularly.
Popular for its antioxidants, curcumin in Turmeric helps in reducing Blood Pressure. Its antioxidant properties regulate Blood Pressure and protects against vascular dysfunction in the body. It also helps in minimising further damage to the arteries that occurs because of inflammation.
Aids in reducing anxiety and preventing depression
Stress and anxiety are part of our daily lives. But worry not! Nature has designed an effective remedy to fight it off!
Turmeric, nature's magical herb is very helpful in boosting serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain (the mood hormones) that come handy in reducing anxiety.
What’s more, Curcumin in Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve symptoms of depression by fighting chronic inflammation.
Turmeric’s antioxidant properties also help in curbing free radicals that create inflammation. By reducing oxidative stress, they can also reduce inflammation and help treat depression.
Boosts Heart health
Studies suggest that heart disease is the number one killer for both men and women in America. Heart disease has many causes. The most common is arterial hardening which happens due to fatty deposits in our blood vessels. Turmeric is beneficial in reducing arterial inflammation and also fatty deposits known as plaque.
While these are enough reasons to make Turmeric a part of your daily diet, do use it with caution if you are on blood clotting or blood thinning medicines.