Portland, OR -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/11/2015 -- Turmeric is an ancient medicinal spice that is widely studied by scientists and researchers around the world. Its use is associated with many therapeutic benefits and it has long been used as a natural remedy for a wide variety of ailments. Now, new research suggests even more benefits to consuming the spice.
Studies revealed that turmeric potentially has happiness-boosting effects that can help individuals reduce their risk for depression. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. It is the leading cause of disability in the United States for ages 15 to 44.
The Phytotherapy Research journal published a study that suggests turmeric has mood-boosting effects. It was believed that the curcumin found in turmeric was responsible for the therapeutic benefits. The study involved sixty subjects that suffered from mood and depressive disorder. They were divided into three groups and after three weeks, it was found that those who took curcumin experienced the same level of improvements in their depressive symptoms as other groups who were given anti-depressant drugs.
Many health experts believe that the spice can potentially increase the dopamine production in the brain as well as increase the serotonin levels. Researchers and pharmaceutical companies are investigating and working to validate the positive effects of curcumin in individuals with depressive and mood disorders.
These pharmaceutical companies normally produce anti-depressant drugs that work by increasing the dopamine levels in the brain. If researchers are able to validate that turmeric can indeed increase dopamine production, they will use the natural ingredient to make anti-depressant products that are safer and more effective.
"For many people, happiness is one of the most important things in life. However, there are also those who are genetically predisposed to depression or who are suffering from psychological disorders that hinder them from being happy. Happiness boosters are extremely helpful and could even save lives," said VitaBreeze Supplements spokesperson, Michelle O'Sullivan.
As researchers continue to investigate the health claims, there are many patients with depressive disorders who are already starting to use curcumin supplements as part of their daily management routines. They believe that the spice can significantly help them improve their mood and avoid depression (http://www.amazon.com/Turmeric-Curcumin-Complex-BioPerine-Bio-availability/dp/B00JA4TLTI).
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