Powerful Spice Fights Depression as Well as Prozac

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

Remember Prozac?

You know, Big Pharma’s wildly popular and overprescribed antidepressant darling of the ’90s?

Well, if you’re one of the millions who took it, then you may not remember much.

Personally, I spent a year in a Prozac-induced fog. And to this day, I still have trouble recalling certain events that happened — important ones, too, like the birth of my godchild.

I honestly don’t know what was worse, the deep depression I was experiencing or the drowsiness, confusion, lack of concentration and exhaustion that came along with taking Prozac.

After about a year of walking around in a zombie-like state, I finally weaned myself off it and regained my emotions, memory and alertness.

Don’t get me wrong. Depression is a serious condition and should be treated like one. You can’t just stop taking antidepressants because you feel better without them. Most of these medications require medical supervision to taper off of.

But you should know that there’s a powerful natural solution that research shows could help Prozac work better. And even more amazing — it’s just as effective as Prozac when taken alone. (Just without the brain-numbing side effects.)

--Beat the Blues Naturally

It’s called curcumin.

It’s the active ingredient in the spice turmeric and has been a key player in natural health for thousands of years.

More recently, it’s been touted by health researchers for its anti-inflammatory and brain-protective properties in many studies.

And now it’s proving to be a potent antidepressant.

A study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research involved 60 people diagnosed with major depressive disorder by a commonly used scale randomly split into three groups of 20.

The first group took 20 mg of Prozac with 1 g of curcumin. The second group took only 20 mg of Prozac. The final group took 1 g of curcumin alone.

At the end of the six-week trial, the patients were then given the assessment again.

The folks who took the Prozac and curcumin saw the most significant improvement in their depressive symptoms. However, it wasn’t statistically significant when compared with the results of the other groups.

But what the researchers found next was astounding…

You see, once all the data were gathered, the scientists found that curcumin can fight depression just as well as Prozac!

The scientists went on to explain, “This study provides first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe modality for treatment in patients with major depressive disorder.”

It’s important to note, though, that curcumin is not suggested for folks who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and other psychotic symptoms along with their depression.

--Strong Evidence, No Side Effects

Curcumin is considered to be very safe in doses up to 12 g a day. The participants in the study were getting only 1 g — a tiny fraction of the possible daily dose of curcumin.

Just imagine how amazing the results might have been if they were given a larger dose!

Not to mention, curcumin has brain-protective powers, which may help improve your brain functions and ward off the age-related memory issues like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

But here’s the best part — unlike Prozac and other antidepressants, curcumin was well tolerated by all participants, which means they experienced little or no side effects. This is great news for folks who have suffered from the draining side effects of standard antidepressants.

While more research is needed, this study has shown that curcumin could one day be the all-natural breakthrough the antidepressant market needs. I sure wish this research was available when I battled depression.

These days, I skip the Prozac. Instead, I add turmeric to at least one meal a day and supplement with curcumin capsules. But I can’t stress enough — depression is a serious condition. You need to check with you doctor before starting, stopping or changing any antidepressant or supplement regimen.

If you’re going to take curcumin supplements, be sure that the brand you select uses “optimized” or “free” curcumin. This type is easiest for your body to absorb and has the greatest impact on your health.

Live well,

Natalie Moore
Managing editor, Living Well Daily

Ed. Note: Please send your feedback: nmoore@lfb.org – and click here to like us on Facebook.


Sources

[1] Efficacy and safety of curcumin in major depressive disorder: a randomized controlled trial.

[2] Prozac Side Effects

[3] Hooked on Pharmaceuticals: Prescription Drug Abuse in America

[4] Curcumin

Natalie Moore

Written By Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.

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