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Does turmeric/curcumin supplementation decrease symptoms of depression?
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There are now several studies showing that turmeric, and its active ingredient curcumin, not only can help relieve depressive symptoms, but can also help your antidepressant to work better in helping increase your mood and decrease sadness. Start with 500mg twice daily or 1000mg once daily of curcumin, the active component of turmeric. You must take it for at least 3 months to notice an effect.
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