This is the tale of the David and Goliath of anti-depression treatments.
This is the tale of a humble millennia-old natural medication proving to be a lot more effective than a multimillion dollar-backed pharmaceutical medication prescribed worldwide.
Fortunately, this is a tale which, like many other stories in life, has a happy ending with lots of depression sufferers now starting to benefit from a natural treatment that is gentle on the system and free of nasty side-effects.
That Mother Nature knows what she is doing is unquestionable. Unlike synthetic drugs, natural vitamins, spices, herbs and other organic foods are not only kind to us, they are also incredibly effective at multi-tasking.
Take blueberries, for instance. These little indigo warriors are not only capable of warding off the toxins linked to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, they also work to protect us against diabetes.
What about garlic? If you ingest this unassuming plant found in everyone’s kitchen you will not only be looking after your heart and immune system but you will unwittingly be shielding yourself against the never pleasant effects of food poisoning.
Turmeric - a natural wonder with more than a few tricks up its sleeve
Mother Nature could not have done a better job in producing a natural anti-inflammatory. I’m talking about the very talented and supreme multi-tasker curcumin, a natural compound that has been used in Indian and Chinese homes for thousands of years. It's not just responsible for the vibrant, yellow colour of turmeric, but for its many medicinal properties.
This polyphenol-rich spice isn’t just good at protecting us from inflammatory conditions like arthritis. Curcumin also helps us ward off cancer too. And that’s certainly worth a minute or two of your time.
You see, several studies have shown that curcumin is responsible for reawakening the genes that help protect us against cancer and for triggering apoptosis (cell death.)
And those are pretty impressive achievements for a humble spice.
But there’s more:
- Those very same inflammation-fighting skills found in curcumin have now been shown to come in very handy to soothe swollen and painful joints and tendons.
- A study conducted in 2013 also established a link between curcumin and better blood vessel function and consequent heart health boost.
- It is widely known to support our body’s insulin production.
- Its inflammation-fighting ability makes it very promising as a brain-friendly Alzheimer's fighter.
Is that it? No.
Curcumin - the type of friend we need to help us fight severe depression
A ground-breaking study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research has recently shown that curcumin is both safe and effective for treating Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Designed to compare the effectiveness of a popular depression drug against the spice extract, the study randomly assigned sixty volunteers who had been pre-diagnosed with MDD to take either fluoxetine (Prozac) 20mg daily, curcumin 1000mg daily or a combination of both, for six weeks.
These volunteers were carefully observed during that period of time and evaluated using the standard 'Hamilton Depression Rating Scale.'
The results? I bet you can guess them.
Curcumin was found to be an anti-depression fighting agent every bit as effective as the big pharma favourite, Prozac.
With just a minuscule non-statistical difference of 2.2% between the two, curcumin proved to work just as well as the heavy duty drug so freely prescribed worldwide.
No, hang on. That’s not quite fair.
If we consider that curcumin takers in the study were effectively treated against depression without suffering any of the nasty side-effects associated with Prozac, then the golden yellow spice wins hands down. Why? Because it didn’t produce any of the suicidal thoughts, nausea, anxiety, libido loss, headaches, tremors, diarrhoea or any other nasty side effects associated with taking Prozac.
Why are we all not adding this miracle worker to our diet regularly?
Perhaps we are being misinformed. However, now that you know, it’s time you did.
If you're currently suffering from depression, talk to your healthcare practitioner about introducing this healing spice extract to your diet. And for a little extra help SAMe and St. John's Wort are both proven blues beaters. Forget those nasty anti-depressants and their even nastier side-effects.
Add a little yellow to your life and stop feeling blue once and for all. (You may be interested to know that the recommended daily dose of Cell Defence -- our premium anti-oxidant formula contains 100mg of curcumin.)