Having depression is also caused by having lower levels of BDNF.
Turmeric’s ability to increase the levels of BDNF also makes it a potent antidepressant.
A study conducted on mice subjects found that injecting them with varied doses of curcumin for 10 days increased their BDNF¹⁰.
A randomized controlled trial conducted to humans with major depressive disorder also gave favorable results.
Researchers prepared three different groups, one receiving curcumin treatment, one receiving Prozac, and the last receiving a combination of the two treatments.
After six weeks, the three groups experienced similar improvements.
These findings led to the conclusion that curcumin may also be a safe and potent solution option for major depressive disorder¹¹.