Depression is a major issue in our modern world. Economic downtimes, health issues, the stress of paying for college for yourself or your children, are just a few events which contribute to people’s depression. Some people’s chemical makeup has them more predisposed to depression than others. Depression can lead to unhealthy eating, a disconnect with friends and family and of course, suicide. Pharmaceutical companies have thrived on serving people a plethora of “anti-depression drugs” known as SSRI’s. And that’s been terrible.
Pharmaceutical companies often fight to stake their claim as the world’s only solution when it comes to “treatment.” But this is a fabrication at the highest of levels on their part. That deceit is as telling as ever when it comes to treating depression. Yoga, exercise, non-medicated therapy and sun gazing have all proven to be wonderful solutions for treating depression and without all the potential side-effects.
Now add Tumeric to that long list.
In a 2014 recent study, Tumeric offers amazing results when it comes to treating depression. The study put Tumeric (curcumin) up against Prozac (fluoxetine). And the results were an impressive defeat of pharma’s cash cow. The Tumeric held strong.
Curcumin, an active ingredient of Curcuma longa Linn (Zingiberaceae), has shown potential antidepressant-like activity in animal studies. The objectives of this trial were to compare the efficacy and safety of curcumin with fluoxetine in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Herein, 60 patients diagnosed with MDD were randomized in a 1:1:1 ratio for six weeks observer-masked treatment with fluoxetine (20 mg) and curcumin (1000 mg) individually or their combination. The primary efficacy variable was response rates according to Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, 17-item version (HAM-D17 ). The secondary efficacy variable was the mean change in HAM-D17 score after six weeks. 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 (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.
Tumeric provides a better solution because it doesn’t offer the terrifying side-effects that Prozac does. Just check out the label for Prozac: Side effects of Prozac include nausea, upset stomach, constipation, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, drowsiness, dizziness, nervousness, heart palpitations, loss of appetite or increase in appetite, weight changes, cold symptoms (stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat), dry mouth, decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm. Some patients may experience withdrawal reactions such nausea, nervousness, and insomnia upon stopping Prozac.
Tumeric isn’t addictive, either.
The more you know…