RadioMD: The Dr. Decker Weiss Show
RadioMD: The Dr. Decker Weiss Show

Super Spice: Is Turmeric the Key to Cure Depression?

December 15, 20139 min
Recent research suggests that curcumin, the main compound in the spice turmeric, may be effective in fighting depression.Antidepressants come with significant side effects, such as nausea, weight gain and headaches. While some side effects go away after a few weeks, others persist and worsen to where it is serious enough to make you stop taking the medication.Finding the right medication can be a lengthy and costly process. What is ever more worrisome, is some studies raise questions about their effectiveness.A published clinical trial involving major depressive disorder (MDD) demonstrated that the compound curcumin had the same effectiveness of the prescription drug fluoxetine (the generic name for Prozac) but without negative side-effects. Turmeric is the yellow spice that colors curry and American yellow mustard. Curcumin is the main compound in the spice turmeric. It is both a potent anti-inflammatory agent and a powerful stimulator for neurogenesis.  Dr. Decker Weiss reveals if you should be adding turmeric to your recipes, what supplement works best and if there are any side effects.

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