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Does turmeric/curcumin supplementation reduce symptoms of depression better than placebo?


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This is somewhat a surprise. Pretty robust results for not only depression but also as an add on to existing antidepressants. Take 500mg 2 to 3 times daily for at least two months before noticing an effect. I recommend Doctor’s Best High Absorption Turmeric for the best overall price and quality.


J Affect Disord. 2014;167:368-75. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2014.06.001. Epub 2014 Jun 11 Curcumin for the treatment of major depression: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study Neurotox Res. 2018 Apr;33(3):621-633. doi: 10.1007/s12640-017-9860-4. Epub 2018 Jan 11.
Add-on Treatment with Curcumin Has Antidepressive Effects in Thai Patients with Major Depression: Results of a Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study Journal of Affective Disorders
Volume 207, 1 January 2017, Pages 188-196


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