Turmeric and depression: Can curcumin help with depression?

20 May 2021
Depression can affect anyone and may have a debilitating impact on all areas of our lives. The key to recovery is to get the treatment you need to feel yourself again.

There is a whole host of different treatments that can help to treat and manage depression. Research shows that turmeric can be an effective treatment for different types of depression.

Known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, research has indicated that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has the potential to treat depression, including mild depression and even major depressive disorder

For centuries, people living across Asia have used the well-known spice to treat a range of debilitating conditions such as infections, skin diseases, stress, and today, its medicinal uses are catching on across the rest of the world.

And there is an increasing amount of evidence that this spice has the potential to reduce symptoms of major depressive disorders.

What have been the findings?

 In a Psychiatry Advisor article online, Roger S. McIntyre, MD, a professor of psychiatry and pharmacology and head of the Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit at the University of Toronto is quoted as stating:

“Curcumin does have an effect on several physiological systems that are implicated in the causes of depression. It certainly would be a reasonable hypothesis that it could be in possession of antidepressant properties.[2]

How to use turmeric for depression

Studies suggest that turmeric must be taken correctly for at least four weeks before it will have any impact and patients shouldn’t expect to see a change in their symptoms immediately.
Experts expect to see in the future that curcumin will become more mainstream and widely used to treat depression. However, at the moment, further research is needed into its benefits and the doses needed.

Of course, this is not to say that you can’t start using it now under the supervision of your doctor. Many people have discussed this form of treatment with their doctor already and are using turmeric or curcumin supplements to support their recovery.

Remember, if you are looking to use turmeric, you should always consult your doctor so that you can discuss your individual risk for any potential side effects and interactions.
Sliced turmeric and powder

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