Depression is not uncommon anymore. Millions of Americans face this problem every year, which can affect all spheres of their lives – family relations, education, and work, even can endanger their physical health.
Depressive disorders are being treated with antidepressants. Despite the fact that these drugs have been improved, they are still not absolutely safe for use, and they come with the risk of numerous side effects.
Luckily, there are some alternative, natural solutions that can help fight depression. They are very efficient in cases of mild and moderate depression. As in the case of many other health issues, physical activity, healthy nutrition, stress control can always be helpful, but there is a natural substance that has been proven to be an exceptional help against depression. That would be curcumin, the principal curcuminoid of turmeric.
A new, promising study
Thanks to the new study, the effects of curcumin on depression have been demonstrated. As a part of the research, a randomized clinical experiment was conducted. It involved three groups of patients and one group of observers. Each group of patients had different therapy. The first one was treated with 20 mg of the antidepressant Prozac (fluoxetine) every morning, for six weeks; the second one was taking 500 mg of absorption-enhanced curcumin twice per day over the same period of time; and the third group had a combined treatment. The patients from the third group were taking fluoxetine once per day, and curcumin twice per day. The group of observers didn’t have any information about treatments applied to any of those groups of patients.
Observers evaluated the progress of patients after two, four, and six weeks, using the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D scale). The final results of the study have shown that the first two groups achieved almost identical progress (62.5% in the curcumin group, 64.7% in the fluoxetine group and 77.8% in the combination group responded to the treatment), which means that curcumine is as effective as Prozac in treating depressive disorders.
This discovery opens new possibilities for people who suffer from depression, providing them with additional advantage – there are no dangerous side effects. At the same time, this means that the pharmaceutical industry is now facing a serious obstacle. Their 12 billion dollars income per year from selling antidepressants is threatened, because many patients would probably choose a natural cure over medications which carry undesirable side effects.
According to the researchers, curcumin gives so good results because it has the power of lowering the levels of monoamine oxidase in the brain, an enzyme which is linked to depression, while raising the levels of serotonin and dopamine.
A solution without side effects
Curcumin is a component of turmeric spice, which is very common in Indian cuisine. Apart from being useful in the kitchen, now is obvious that it can successfully treat depression in a completely natural way.
The absence of side effects is probably one of its most desirable characteristics. This is why it is absolutely reasonable to believe that the majority of patient will turn to curcumin as a cure. Prescribed antidepressants can cause sleep disturbances, an increase in anxiety and even serious problems like schizophrenic behavior, which is something that no patient wants.
So, if you at any point encounter depression-related problems, ask for the advice of a naturopath or herbalist and consider using turmeric or curcumin supplementation. The study mentioned above proves that there is always a natural and safe solution for health problems.