The findings of a study published in Phytotherapy Research proved the efficacy of turmeric in the treatment of depression, but it is also even more effective than some of the most common anti-depressant drugs currently on the market.This study was the first randomized controlled clinical trial of its kind, because all previous studies have indicated the effectiveness of turmeric in treating serious depression.
Researchers with the Department of Pharmacology of Government Medical College in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India conducted a study in 60 patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder. They compared the effects of turmeric and Prozac (fluoxetine), both used together and individually.The researchers used the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale to measure their results, according to their information:
“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.”
Prozac is known to cause “suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders,” frightening side effects that are clearly absent in turmeric use according to the conclusions of the researchers.
One treatment with turmeric is equally effective as Prozac, and at the same time, it doesn’t account for the negative effects of Prozac.Turmeric has been found to possess numerous health benefits. It was commonly used in Indian cooking as well, since it tastes amazing.It is also extremely beneficial in the treatments of diabetes, inflammatory conditions and even cancer.