Turmeric has been used as a home medicine since time immemorial. It is an ancient wonder medicine. Besides, it has been used as flavoring agent in food preparations. It is a proven anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. It is extremely effective in curing some common ailments at home before hitting out on prescription drugs.
Stress is a natural response of our body to fight external threats. Our brain released stress hormones whenever it feels the need for a “flight or fight”. This is a natural phenomenon in our body and required to some extent. However, continuous release of stress hormones causes a number of health disorders and overall well-being. This may cause irritability to insomnia and many more health conditions arising out of it.
Turmeric and stress are stated as common enemies where its effectiveness comes into play due to its nature of curing anxiety, depression and enhacing overall mental health.
The release of stress hormones in our body causes a number of natural reactions. Our heart races, breathing increases and our muscles get ready for action. This is necessary for our body’s natural functioning. However, once the need for fight or flight readiness is over, the body should go back to normal condition. The continuous pounding of stress hormones prevents the body from going back to normal condition causing chronic stress in our body. This can cause severe ill-effect on your health and well-being.
In a stress situation, the central nervous system releases the stress hormones- adrenaline and cortisol. It directs the lungs to breathe extra oxygen and the heart to pump at a higher rate to supply all the muscles with oxygen-rich blood. This keeps the muscles ready to perform at its best. Sportsmen use it to their best advantage. This is one of the most important function of our body to reach newer heights.
Pre-existing conditions is the main reason this goes out of control. Breathing problems, heart conditions and high body weight all contribute towards the malevolent stress in our body. Once set in, it has an aggravating effect leading towards anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Short term stress is beneficial in enhancing the immune system temporarily. However, chronic stress reduce the overall immunity of the body and therefore stressed-out people are more prone to viral and bacterial infections.
Turmeric and Stress
Turmeric is known as a wonder drug mainly due to its content ‘Curcumin”. It is a bright yellow compound produced in plants of the Ginger family. The bio active properties make it an effective home medicine.Curcumin is a known anti-depressant and anti-anxiety herbal cure since a very long time. Its ability to normalize specific pathways in our body is effective in achieving these properties. Besides working on multiple pathways simultaneously, it lowers stress hormones cortisol and thereby helps in bringing stress to a normal level.
It is also a well-known fact that turmeric improves the lining of blood vessels. The therapeutic properties of turmeric has an effect on bearing stress. Our blood vessels are better prepared to take the adrenaline rush many times over. Thereby, turmeric helps in improving the chronic stress by enhancing the strength of our blood vessels.
Turmeric is consumed in multiple ways. Raw rhizome is consumed immediately after meal. The fresh rhizome has maximum content of curcumin and thereby proves superior in extracting the stated health benefits. It can be taken by adding in tea or coffee or grate some in a smoothie. It is widely consumed as pickle.
Dried turmeric is prepared in many ways – by boiling, drying, peeling or grinding and it loses some of its properties when compared to the raw rhizome. However, it still retains its medicinal properties.
Powdered turmeric is used as a flavoring constituent in many food items. It is one of the most common spices stored in our kitchens. Powdered turmeric is the one used in curries to provide a natural yellow color to food. It has maximum effect to build immunity when taken last thing at night mixed in warm milk.
Other Health Benefits
The health benefits does not stop at turmeric and stress. Besides being a known anti-depressant, it works well to provide us with numerous other health benefits.
Turmeric is a known anti-inflammatory herbal cure. It prevents many lifestyle diseases by keeping the pathogens like bacteria under control.
Its anti-oxidant properties helps in hindering the formation of free-radical in your body.
Turmeric is a cure for skin ailments and generally improves the skin health. It is a constituent of home made face-masks and known to improve the skin tone.
Turmeric is a known natural cure for many of the ailments leading to stress. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties effects many pathways in our body to strength the blood vessels and reduce the stress cuasing hormones. Though one needs to be cautious in not taking too much of turmeric as some benefits have still not been clinically proven in modern times.
It is recommended that have at least one serving of raw turmeric rhizome after mean and a cup of warm milk with powdered turmeric after dinner for obvious benefits. The working millennial can put this in practice to beat chronic stress.
I would encourage you to make this a daily practice. Do share your experience with this topic in the comment box below.