A study, published in Phytotherapy Research, reveals that Curcumin fights depression outperforming Prozac. The researchers of the study found that it works amazingly well compared to Prozac when it comes to alleviating the symptoms of depression.
Curcumin is a compound in the turmeric spice. It is a bit of a highflyer in the health kingdom. It enjoys the limelight for its benefits in fighting conditions like cancer, arthritis, memory decline etc. However, for most of the people, Curcumin is a hero because it helps to fight depression.
Depression has become one of the most prevalent mental conditions among the general population. However, despite its prevalence, the pharmaceutical companies have failed to design a safe and effective way to address it. Most of the people, fallen victim to this prey, have accepted the fact that they either have to live with their negative feelings or with the deadly side effects caused by the antidepressant.
This has led the researchers to look for some natural remedies that can ease the symptoms of the condition. Curcumin proves to be one of the best solutions serving the desired purpose.
What does the study say?
For the study, the researchers employed patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder. All of them were given a six-week course of treatment. The subjects were divided into groups as follow,
- Group one, receiving 20 milligrams of Fluoxetine i.e. the main ingredient in Prozac
- Group two, receiving 1,000 milligrams of Curcumin
- Group three, receiving a combination of both
- A placebo group
After the treatment, the patients were evaluated using the 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale. The research revealed that the combination group performed better among all. Moreover, Curcumin and Fluoxetine worked equally well on their own. However, Curcumin was declared the winner because it doesn’t have the side effects of suicidal ideation.
Prozac, no doubt, eases depression but it comes with side effects as well. The individual, taking the medicine, could experience problems like,
- Blood pressure changes
- Heart rate issues
- Weight gain
- Suicidal thoughts
Turmeric is an easy ingredient for your diet
In order to reap the benefits of Curcumin, one must increase the intake of turmeric. Organic turmeric root can serve the best for an increased turmeric intake. It is accessible at local farmer’s market or grocery stores. It belongs to the ginger family and looks similar to the ginger root. Note that it can be bought in the powder form. However, it seeks dependable sources to avoid contamination.
Turmeric is an easy ingredient for everyday meals. Curry serves as a classic way to consume turmeric. One can also sprinkle it on any meat, fish, salad, or even eggs, cereals or granola. It can be mixed into coffee or tea as well.
Mixing turmeric with warm milk is one of the most traditional ways to consume turmeric. It is what we call “golden milk.” Note a pinch of black pepper can increase its bioavailability. Thus, whatever way you chose to consume turmeric, don’t forget to add black pepper.
As per a report from the American Psychological Association, 12.7 percent of Americans took an antidepressant during the past month. The percentage of people using antidepressants has increased by 64 percent between 1999 and 2014.
With the advent of natural and effective remedies, the use of antidepressants can possibly be reduced and their side effects can also be alleviated.