Completely natural pill could soon join the ranks of depression prescriptions and it contains one and only – curcumin. It is an active compound derived from the spice turmeric,.Scientist put it to the test against a traditional antidepressant, fluoxetine in a study published in Phytotherapy Research.
A 1000 mg daily dose of curcumin has only 2-5% less effective effect than the pharmaceutical drug, but no unexpected side effects.
Study author Ajay Goel, PhD, director of epigenetics and cancer prevention at Baylor University Medical Center, says :
“Synthetic options work well when taken as a one-hit fix, but side effects, toxicity, and tolerance become concerns when the drugs are taken for chronic symptoms.”
Curcumin has shown promise as an alternative to antidepressants for years and now researchers manage to show the compound at work in humans, and its performance is promising.
“From a clinical standpoint, a 2% lower efficacy makes no difference …Curcumin has been proven safe, even at high doses.”
Researchers are still trying to pinpoint exactly how curcumin balances depressive symptoms and because it is a natural inhibitor of monoamine oxidase(an enzyme that at high levels is linked to depression) it blocks the release of cytokines, which can throw off the delicate balance of your body’s stress reactions.
Doctors won’t be prescribing the compound to patients soon but no harm from including this magic spice in your everyday diet or simply take curcumin capsules because as Dr.Goel says :
- “It’s a very strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound, and is great as an everyday health supplement … People who do not have depressive symptoms can make this spice a part of their daily diet now.”
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