Lift your depression naturally

Lift your depression naturally

With Saffron & Curcumin

Major depression is on the rise among Americans from all age groups, but is rising fastest among teens and young adults.

Why?

“Many people are worried about how busy they are,” said Dr. Laurel Williams, chief of psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital.

“There’s a lack of community. There’s the amount of time that we spend in front of screens and not in front of other people. If you don’t have a community to reach out to, then your hopelessness doesn’t have any place to go.”

Kids and young adults, especially, feel rushed and pressured, Williams said.

While social media can connect people who might otherwise feel isolated, it can also help pile on the pressure, she said.

The following article from Terry Talks Nutrition provides a non-prescription drug way of treating depression.

Prescription drugs are not the only option for depression.
Clinical research shows that time-tested natural medicines can be as effective
without causing serious side effects. I’m not going to tell you to stop taking
your prescription medications, that’s between you and your health care
practitioner. I do want you to know about other options available to you, that
you can add to your daily regimen. Here’s the inside story on saffron and
curcumin to stop depression and restore emotional balance.

TERRY’S BOTTOM LINE:


Anyone who struggles with depression knows how much they
feel trapped by the condition and how they may also feel trapped by the
conventional drugs commonly used to treat it.

That’s why research investigating saffron and curcumin for
depression is so exciting. These natural medicines don’t interfere with
existing treatments, and may even make them more effective. In fact, I’d say
that it’s likely that we may see these botanicals recommended as a first line
of treatment in the near future.

Saffron and Curcumin:

•      Stop depression and
depressive symptoms

•      Help you overcome fear and
worry

•      Quench inflammation in the
brain

•      Boost positive, natural
brain chemistry

•      Increase your sense of hope
and well-being

Restore a Positive State of Mind

If you suffer from depression, trying to find a way to lift
out of it can seem daunting. The causes of depression—and they are many—can
make treatment options complicated, and the prescription drugs most often
recommended also bring a lot of side effects that create their own set of
problems.

For many years, researchers believed depression was
primarily a condition of chemical imbalance. These days, there is a much more
nuanced picture of depression, and most scientists and therapists would agree
that brain chemistry and  inflammation, in
addition to life events and environmental factors and their effect on the
hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, can all contribute to various types
of depressive disorders. One of the keys to fighting depression is finding a
safe, effective, and ideally natural solution that works along all of these
fronts.

And that is where there is good news: two clinically proven
botanicals, saffron and curcumin, have been shown to relieve depression as
effectively as prescription drugs, and without side effects.

Botanicals That Fight Depression: Saffron and Curcumin to
the Rescue

Clinical studies show curcumin and saffron can alleviate
symptoms as effectively as prescription drugs—but without side effects. The
synergy of saffron and curcumin is unbeatable. Taken as soon as you notice
symptoms, they can be even more effective. Here’s how they work:

 SAFFRON boosts serotonin production,
lowers cortisol, and helps preserve levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA),
which are typically lower in people with depression. Clinical studies have
found that saffron reduces symptoms of milder forms of depression (dysthymia),
serious depression with anxiety, and postpartum depression. It may also make
conventional antidepressant medications more effective.

CURCUMIN stops inflammation in the brain and
matches conventional drugs for treating major depressive disorder (MDD). It can
reduce symptoms in just four weeks—without serious side effects. Curcumin is
especially effective for people with atypical depression, a tough-to-treat
condition often accompanied by intensive fatigue or weight gain.

Saffron—The Powerful Spice for a Positive Life

You’ve probably heard about saffron (Crocus
sativus) as an incredibly ancient, and incredibly expensive, spice. The reason
for its steep price is that saffron harvesting must be done by hand.

It is the three stigmas in the flower that supply the spice
and color that we know as saffron, and the compounds that fight depression.

Saffron is uniquely qualified to restore normal body
chemistry. It boosts serotonin production, lowers cortisol, and helps preserve
levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which are typically lower in people
with depression. Without a proper balance of these neurotransmitters we’re
going to feel too high-strung or too dragged down.

One double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial reported
in the journal Phytotherapy Research, found that saffron reduced symptoms of
Persistent Depressive Disorder (dysthymia) in just six weeks.

In more serious and harder-to-treat forms of depression,
especially when they overlap with anxiety, saffron also works well to relieve
symptoms. An Iranian clinical trial found that a 12-week regimen of saffron had
a significant impact on the outcomes of two measurement scales: the Beck
Depression Index and Beck Anxiety Index—questionnaires answered by patients
that gauge both conditions.

Additionally, a small study showed saffron can potentially
boost the effectiveness of conventional anti-depression medications.

Best of all, in addition to being effective, saffron is
incredibly safe. The results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical
trial published in the journal Phytomedicine show it relieved symptoms of mild
to moderate postpartum depression in 96 percent of breastfeeding mothers after
eight weeks. There were no significant adverse effects for the mothers or their
infants.

Curcumin Fights Depression, Too

Of course, as effective as saffron is for depression, there
is another powerful botanical that will help restore your sense of peace.

Curcumin, a compound from turmeric (Curcuma longa) is
one of the most effective natural medicines on the planet. It truly does
everything—stops pain, cancer, liver disease, and of course, depression.
Curcumin can be difficult for the body to absorb, though, so I recommend a
clinically studied form that is combined with turmeric essential oil for
enhanced absorption and blood retention. It more readily gets into the
bloodstream and continues to circulate there for longer-lasting effects.

One clinical study of curcumin and individuals with major
depressive disorder (MDD) divided participants into three groups to compare the
efficacy of high absorption curcumin (curcumin blended with turmeric essential
oil), the prescription anti-depressive fluoxetine, or a combination of the two.

The best response, measured by the Hamilton Depression
Rating Scale (HAMD-17), was in the group using the combination of fluoxetine
and curcumin at 77.8 percent. But interestingly, the single-therapy groups
scored almost exactly the same, with fluoxetine at 64.7 percent and curcumin at
62.5 percent—numbers so close that the data is not statistically significant
from one another.

So this study showed curcumin was, in reality, as effective
as a prescription drug and proved that it can be used as a treatment for
patients with MDD.

In other clinical trials, people suffering from depression
felt much better thanks to curcumin, too. In one, individuals improved significantly
in just four weeks; at eight weeks, their relief was even more pronounced.
Patients in trials with atypical depression found relief too. Curcumin is an
extremely valuable, natural medicine for taming emotions and quenching
depression across the board.

Even Better Together: Saffron and Curcumin for Emotional
Balance

Curcumin works along many pathways, but these differ
somewhat from saffron. That means that the combination of the two have a
synergy with a broad spectrum of anti-inflammatory action. In fact, a clinical
study found the combination of the two, saffron plus curcumin, yields
impressive results.

In this study, low dosage curcumin, high dosage curcumin,
and a low dosage curcumin and saffron combination were compared to a placebo
for their ability to relieve the symptoms of MDD. What was interesting about
this study was that even at lower doses, people responded very well to curcumin
or a combination of saffron and curcumin. The botanicals effectively helped
relieve symptoms of depression and accompanying anxiety for individuals in the
test groups. And like the trials using curcumin alone, individuals with
atypical depression also saw their symptoms decrease. The researchers noted
that results may be even stronger for people who can start using saffron and
curcumin at an earlier onset of symptoms.

One thing to note here is that it didn’t take a lot of
saffron to be an effective dose— only 15 mg twice daily combined with 250 mg
twice daily of curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil was sufficient to
make a very positive change.

Stopping Depression for a Lifetime

Prescription drugs are not the only option for depression.
In fact, clinical research increasingly shows time-tested natural medicines can
be just as effective, but without causing serious side effects. Two of the best
botanicals for treating depression are saffron and curcumin. I’m not going to
tell you to stop taking your prescription medications and switch to saffron and curcumin.
That is something you need to decide with your healthcare practitioner.

But I would strongly encourage you to integrate these
amazing botanicals into your daily regimen and notice how it can quickly
improve your mood and feelings of hope. Saffron and curcumin are powerful,
anti-inflammatory herbs. They can quench the fire in your mind and help you
pull out of the depths. And best of all, they are safe, clinically tested, and
don’t cause serious side effects. Taken each day, I believe this combination of
extracts truly provides a way to keep depression at bay— for a lifetime.

 If you are looking to help stop depression, overcome
fear and worry, and boost positive brain chemistry, I recommend taking a
combination of curcumin (Curcuma longa) rhizome extract enhanced with turmeric
essential oil and saffron (Crocus sativa) stigma extract twice daily.

 

 

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