Lift your holiday spirits with this miracle spice
The holidays are approaching -- and I hope you're looking forward to all the joys of the season.
But let's face it: Sometimes the frenzy can be a little overwhelming.
The stress might make you anxious. You may even find yourself feeling a little depressed if you can't be near the ones you love.
You want to keep a stiff upper lip... and you DON'T want to take any more pills... but you don't have to just "grin and bear it." Because the latest science shows that some relief could actually be found in your spice rack.
Now, I spend a lot of time traveling the world in search of the latest natural cures to many of our most common ailments. And you'd be surprised what miracles you can find out there in exotic fruits, trees, and other plants.
But sometimes, I keep coming back to the same ingredients over and over again -- because they show no limit in their potential to heal our bodies from the inside, out.
Take curcumin, for instance. You've heard about it before -- it's the compound with amazing antioxidant properties that gives the kitchen spice turmeric its bright yellow color.
As you've read right here in e-Tips, curcumin can help relieve inflammation and pain in people with a variety of health issues. Research has also shown that curcumin helps regulate blood sugar levels for people who have significant risk factors for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
And it's been shown before to be a wonder spice that can calm you down and lift your spirits.
Now, yet another study finds that curcumin is a safe and effective way of easing depression. In fact, this kitchen secret is so powerful, it doesn't take a lot of it to see results. Even low doses of it beat placebo in the study out of Australia.
Turmeric is most commonly found in Indian curries -- although you can also find it as an ingredient in a number of cold-pressed juices and other products at your local health food store.
You can try adding it to your own recipes for soups, stews, and sauces -- and you don't even have to make it spicy in order for it to work.
Some people don't care much for the flavor -- so, if you'd rather not eat this miracle spice, consider a curcumin supplement. You can find one from a quality maker at your local health food store for just pennies a day.
Just remember that curcumin actually needs FAT to be absorbed into your body -- so it's best to take it with food.
Curcumin Eases Both Depression and Anxiety
Efficacy of curcumin, and a saffron/curcumin combination for the treatment of major depression: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study