Depression is a serious mood disorder that can affect the overall well-being of a person. There are many recorded incidences of depression among adults, and specialists find difficulty in the treatment and management because of different considerations in each cases. Fortunately, there are current studies that support the benefits of herbs as a medical approach in depression.
A natural herbal treatment to depression, turmeric contains curcumin, an active component comparable with Prozac in treating adult depressive symptoms. Other medical prescriptions may produce undesirable effects to the patients, but turmeric, being all natural, brings about manageable effects to patients. Curcumin also acts as an inhibitor to an enzyme monoamine oxidase. This enzyme is linked to pathways that promote mood disorders when accumulated in the brain. Curcumin also increases levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), a protein growth factor localized in the brain which is associated with promoting growth of neurons, controlling mood, and forming long-term memory. Specifically, BDNF is found in the hippocampus, which is the mood and memory center of the brain, thus having low levels of BDNF makes a person predisposed to experiencing depressive behavior and decreasing ability for memory and learning. Boosting BDNF levels by curcumin supplements are found effective in improving mood and preventing depression. Depression has complications that lead to decreased antioxidant concentrations and inflammatory disorders in the body. Curcumin then acts by ensuring a healthy amount of antioxidants to maintain consistent supply of oxygen and glucose to the brain, to prevent sudden mood changes.
The preliminary studies on the effect of turmeric on adult depression shed light on the value of herbal medications in treating medical disorders. If you feel like you are on the verge of adult depression or are experiencing depressive symptoms, you can start an aggressive act of including turmeric in your diet. There is no reason to be afraid of unwanted effects because that might only add to your depression. Just relax, eat right, and let turmeric do the job of lightening your mood.