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Curry made with turmeric

If you’re a fan of Indian food, you’re in luck. Turmeric — the ingredient that makes curry yellow — contains curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound that has a protective effect against major depression, according to a study in the Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. In animal studies, curcumin also has shown promise for treating depression, according to an article in the Scientific World Journal.

Research in people is also promising. A 2014 study in Phytotherapy Research found patients with major depressive disorder who were treated with 1000 mg of curcumin for six weeks had similar symptom relief as those taking 20 mg of the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac).