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New study suggests safe alternative to antidepressant drugs

Published on Thu Nov 7, 2013 - 2 min read

Published by: Bryan Bradford

By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods

October 18, 2013

Fox News.com recently released news that suggests a curcumin as a safe alternative to antidepressant drugs. The recent research from Baylor University Medical Center is focusing on the effects of curcumin on patients with depression and shows some very positive results. People with depression have been shown to have an increase in inflammation in the brain and they make fewer brain cells (neurogenesis). This study showed a decrease in inflammation in the brain as well as an increase in levels of neurogenesis (an increase in brain cells).

Curcumin is one of the main active compounds found in the spice turmeric which is derived from the root of the plant Curcuma longa, a member of the ginger family. While curcumin is the focus of most medical research, it is not the only beneficial compound in turmeric. Adding this whole spice in your diet will help ensure you are getting all the antioxidant benefits.

The BCM-95 that was used in this study is special because it includes all three curcuminoids as well as seven turmeric essential oils which increase the absorption of the beneficial compounds.

For more information about this or any other wellness questions you may have, come see us at Sunflower Shoppe – where great health is just a way of life!

Watch the Fox News segment, “Safe Alternative to Antidepressants

Video published October 09, 2013 FoxNews.com


The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.

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Bryan Bradford

Bryan Bradford is the lead nutrition specialist, Certified Health Coach and Chief Nutrition Officer and one of the founding family members of Sunflower Shoppe.

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