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Could This Turmeric Hot Chocolate Treat Your Blues?


· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

April 7 is World Health Day, which this year focuses on depression. According to the World Health Organization, depression is "the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide," and over 300 million people live with this debilitating mental illness, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.


People use Prozac and other medications to mitigate their depressive symptoms, but for those who choose not to medicate themselves, a January 2017 review of over 100 studies shows that there’s a natural treatment option that is equally effective.The studies validate the practices of Ayurvedic and ancient Chinese medicine, which have used turmeric for holistic healing and cooking.


Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, works as a powerful antidepressant and neuroprotective agent. That means it protects your nerve cells from damage and degeneration, a side effect of depression. It is also anti-inflammatory.


Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk together. Whisk for about 4 minutes until liquid is hot. Pour hot chocolate into two mugs and sprinkle ground cinnamon on top.


Your body and brain will thank you for drinking this turmeric hot chocolate.


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