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Depression Study Published on BCM-95 Curcumin
Date:7/11/2013

DALLAS, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A recently published clinical trial on major depressive disorder (MDD) showed that high absorption BCM-95® Curcumin equaled the effects of the prescription drug fluoxetine (generic form of Prozac®), without the adverse effects. [J Sanmukhani, V Satodia, J Trived, T Patel, D Tiwar, B Panchal, A Goel and CB Tripathi. Efficacy and safety of curcumin in major depressive disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Phytotherapy Research.] BCM-95 Curcumin is absorbed 7 to 10 times better than plain curcumin and has been the subject of 13 published studies, 8 of them human clinical trials.

When asked how curcumin is applicable to depression, Dr. Ajay Goel, Baylor Research Institute and Charles A Sammons Cancer Center, Baylor University Medical Center and study co-author, stated, "It is a novel and surprising application for this natural medicine. People with depression have higher levels of inflammation in the brain. Also, people with depression have lower levels of neurogenesis in the brain, meaning they make fewer new brain cells than people with no history of depression. Curcumin is both a potent anti-inflammatory agent and a powerful stimulator for neurogenesis. A recent animal study was published on BCM-95 Curcumin compared to both fluoxetine and imipramine (an older class of antidepressant medications) and showed excellent results. We are excited to learn the effectiveness of BCM-95 Curcumin in a human study." 

When asked about the importance of this study, Dr. Goel replied, "Depression is a major global public health issue leading to substantial disability. The pharmaceutical interventions can be quite costly, and have many potentially serious adverse effects. There are also many people whose disease does not fully respond to treatment. The BCM-95 Curcumin used in this study shows efficacy on major depressi
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