New Study Finds Turmeric Extract Superior To Prozac Use For Depression



By Kirsten Cowart

For the first time in the Journal of Phytotherapy, it has been confirmed that the primary polyphenol in turmeric, called curcumin, is effective and safe for the treatment of serious states of depression.  

The Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India conducted the research and it involved patients who had a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder, also known as MDD.  

The study was testing to see if curcumin was as safe and effective as the chemical fluoxetine, also known as Prozac. 60 Patients, who had been diagnosed with MDD, were randomized and then underwent 6 weeks of treatment by either 20mg of fluocetine and/or curcomin (1000mg).

The scientists then weighed out the results using the 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D17).  Here is what they found in their results:

“We observed that curcumin was well tolerated by all the patients. The proportion of responders as measured by the HAM-D17 scale was higher in the combination group (77.8%) than in the fluoxetine [Prozac] (64.7%) and the curcumin (62.5%) groups; however, these data were not statistically significant (P = 0.58). Interestingly, the mean change in HAM-D17 score at the end of six weeks was comparable in all three groups (P = 0.77). This study provides first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe modality for treatment in patients with MDD without concurrent suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders.Journal Phytotherapy Research

If these results are found in a much larger test group, then this would be groundbreaking news for the mental health world. It would be much safer and there would be a lot less side effects if people were prescribed curcumin as opposed to Prozac (fluoxetine) for their depression.

The study also showed the safety of curcumin up to 8 grams per day, whereas fluoxetine (Prozac) has become controversial, because of its toxic effects on the body and mind, such as the side effect of suicidal ideation. Trust me, no one who is depressed wants to end up with feelings of suicide as well.  

Although the study finds that the two are equal in their results, the removing of such huge side effects – such as the suicidal ideation – would make taking curcumin superior and preferable to the use of Prozac.  

On top of having less side effects, curcumin also has some added benefits for those who take it regularly. These benefits include added neuroprotection or extra defenses for the brain and nerves, as well as anti-inflammatory properties and immune support.  

This goes to show that it is worth looking to nature at times to help with your everyday medical needs. Have you found something that helps with depression in your life? Let us know in the comments below.


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Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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