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Used for a multitude of various health problems for thousands of years, it is now in these days that researchers from the Department of Pharmacology of the Government Medical College in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India compared the effects of turmeric and Prozac (fluoxetine), both used together and individually, in 60 patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD).
The results, brought to light by the journal "Phytotherapy Research" show that patients respond better when they are given the extract of this plant than when using conventional drugs. Specifically, the improvement is based on tolerance to prozac when it is supplied in combination with curcumin or when the latter is supplied alone.
“We have observed that curcumin was well tolerated by all patients. The proportion of responders, measured by the HAM-D17 scale, was higher in the group combining both treatments (77.8%) than in the fluoxetine [Prozac] (64.7%) and curcumin groups (62 , 5%. The study also provides first clinical evidence that curcumin can be used as an effective and safe modality for treatment in patients with depression ".
The conclusions of the study report that the use of turmeric does not involve the side effects of prozac, known to arouse suicidal ideas and other psychotic disorders. The first being as effective as the second.
In addition to fighting depression, the yellow root commonly used in Indian cuisine is known for its many health benefits. In addition to this illuminating research on its effectiveness in treating depression, we know that it also has value in treating inflammatory conditions, diabetes, and even cancer. If that's not enough, it has also been shown to help you lose weight and reduce your risk of heart disease. Also, its flavor is incredible.