Found in turmeric, curcumin has previously been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in lab studies. It also has been suggested as a possible reason that senior citizens in India, where curcumin is a dietary staple, have a lower prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and better cognitive performance, as previously mentioned. Here Isabelle Z., NaturalNews.com, reflects on safe and effective remedies to treat symptoms of depression:
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“Depression has become an all too common condition in recent times. Despite its prevalence, however, pharmaceutical companies have failed to come up with a safe and effective way to address it. Lots of people think they either have to live with their negative feelings or accept the possibly deadly side effects that come with antidepressant use, but there are some natural remedies that can be surprisingly effective – and one of the best may prove to be curcumin.
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A compound in the turmeric spice, curcumin is a bit of an overachiever in the health realm, grabbing headlines for its benefits in fighting everything from cancer to memory to arthritis. However, for many people, one of its most exciting benefits is its power to help fight depression.
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A study published in Phytotherapy Research found that it works surprisingly well compared to Prozac when it comes to reducing depression symptoms. In that study, patients who had been diagnosed with major depressive disorder were given a six-week course of treatment of 20 milligrams of fluoxetine, the main ingredient in Prozac; 1,000 milligrams of curcumin; a combination of both; or a placebo.
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The patients were then evaluated using the 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, and the researchers found that the combination group performed better than the group of fluoxetine alone. While curcumin and fluoxetine worked equally well on their own, curcumin does not have the side effect of suicidal ideation or other toxic side effects, making it a clear winner.
Those who opt for Prozac could experience problems like dizziness, vomiting, tremors, anxiety, weakness, blood pressure changes, heart rate issues, weight gain, and suicidal thoughts.”
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