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Curcumin — A Novel Treatment Alternative for Depression

turmeric curcumin for depression

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  • Curcumin may be helpful against depression, especially atypical depression. No significant difference in efficacy between high and low dosages were found
  • Two active components in saffron, crocin and safranal, also have antidepressant effects, and at least three studies have found saffron is as effective as generic Prozac
  • One of the mechanisms behind curcumin’s beneficial impact on depression appears to be its ability to tame the flames of inflammation, which is now thought to be a foundational cause of depression

By Dr. Mercola

Curcumin, the active ingredient in the Indian spice turmeric, is a polyphenol with over 160 potentially therapeutic activities, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer effects.


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