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Curcumin May Be Effective For Easing Depression

The medicines used to treat depression come with many side effects, including sexual dysfunction, weight gain, nausea, insomnia, and dry mouth. A recent study suggests that taking a daily supplement of curcumin may help ease the symptoms of depression - without the side effects of prescription medications.

Participants in the study included 56 people with major depressive disorder, which the researchers assessed using self-reported inventories for depression. They were given either 500 mg of BCM-95 curcumin twice daily or a placebo for eight weeks. The severity and frequency of depression symptoms were rated every seven days.  

Beginning in the fourth week, the researchers noted that the curcumin was noticeably more effective at lowering depressive and anxiety symptoms when compared with the placebo. They also noted that it was especially effective when treating people with atypical depression, which is harder to treat with pharmeceuticals. 

Australian researchers from Murdoch University, Deakin University, and University of Western Australia conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on June 11, 2014, in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

Curcumin has been used in folk remedies for years to ease menstrual cramping, help heal wounds, and to improve the appearance of skin. Recent studies have suggested that it may also protect against prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and arthritis. All of these benefits are attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin.

Yellow curry is a great source of curcumin, but if your stomach can’t handle curry or you don’t care for Indian food, considering taking a high quality supplement.

 

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