As it’s mental health week, I wanted to touch a subject that’s close to my heart… something I don’t reveal too much about. Why do I keep quiet about this subject? Is this because of my culture? Pride? Family? Or am I just simply embarrassed and worried about how people will look at me and define me? However, I’m going to be BRAVE and tell you that ‘I AM’ a silent sufferer of mental health issues. It started when I was pregnant, seeming to change something in me for good. It’s been years now since my first episode of mental illness, and I still occasionally have panic attacks and anxiety and an overwhelming feeling of not being in control. It seems to happen when I least it, especially when I’m on my own.
But I’ve been trying to take back my life and am currently receiving some wonderful support and help. I’ve found my passion again and I have started this amazing business journey. My advice to everyone is, be kind, be generous, be supportive, to friends and family even a complete stranger! That person might be going through a tough time. Give hugs, they are so important and listen. Listening to people, even if you don’t have anything to say can be so helpful and comforting to people in need. But most importantly, feed your mind with good fuel. Not just this week or when you’re struggling, but everyday. I have my beautiful aromatic Indian spices to help me, especially to boost my brain with goodness!
3 COGNITIVE SPICES that contain powerful brain-boosting benefits are:
- Curcumin has been found to support working memory, calmness, and satisfaction in coping with mental strain. It also promotes cardiovascular health and lessens physical fatigue.
- It’s attributed to increasing the brain hormone BDNF, which improves the function of neurons, encourages their growth, and strengthens and protects them.
- One of the key features of a brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease is the build-up of clumps of a protein called amyloid-beta. The latest studies on turmeric show that curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier and has the potential to help clear these plaques.
Cinnamon (powder or sticks)
- It affects several physiological functions of the body. Cinnamon kills bacteria and yeasts that cause stomach ulcers and urinary-tract infections and helps the body regulate blood sugar.
- But my favourite benefit is increased brainpower. A few years ago, it was discovered that just the smell of cinnamon could improve cognitive function. In that study, either tasting (technically it was chewing) or smelling cinnamon worked to improve brainpower.
- Another of my favourite spices that should be on everyone’s mind is Ginger. It was reported several years ago that ginger might indirectly lower the risk of Alzheimer’s through its anti-inflammatory properties.
- As it turns out, ginger decreases prostaglandins. These are chemicals that lead to inflammation and perhaps other chronic diseases. So ginger may ease minor aches and pains in much the same way as aspirin without the side effects such as upset stomach while simultaneously helping maintain brainpower.