It may turn out to be helpful. Turmeric, the yellow spice that colors curry and American yellow mustard, is a potent natural anti-inflammatory agent. Its active constituent, curcumin, has shown promise as an antidepressant in animal models, and curcumin also has been found to enhance nerve growth in the frontal cortex and hippocampal areas of the brain. Researchers in India have suggested performing clinical trials on humans to explore turmeric’s efficacy as a novel antidepressant.
Curcumin, an active compound derived from the spice turmeric, was put to the test against a traditional antidepressant, fluoxetine in a study published in Phytotherapy Research. A 1000 mg daily dose of curcumin was just 2-5% less effective than the pharmaceutical drug, and, most importantly, showed no unexpected side effects.
“From a clinical standpoint, a 2% lower efficacy makes no difference,” says Dr. Goel. “Curcumin has been proven safe, even at high doses.”
One of the most concerning side effects of Prozac and other anti-depressants on the market is the side effect of suicidal thoughts and other psychotic disorders.
The fact that there was only a small percentage difference between the turmeric and the Prozac lead researchers to believe that turmeric was more optimum when treating depression due to not having any side effects.Despite fighting depression, turmeric is also been proven to reduce inflammation, help diabetes patients and cancer patients and it is also effective in weight loss and heart disease.