\" \" Turmeric, a key ingredient of curry, is being hailed as a treatment for all kinds of health issues. Much like modern-day prescription drugs, turmeric has an \"active ingredient,\" called curcumin, the bioactive compound that gives the spice its oomph. That's not to say that turmeric doesn't relieve inflammation – just that science hasn't yet definitively determined whether or not it does. \"Turmeric and depression has not been studied on a long-term basis, but in 6-8 week trials, participants demonstrated improved symptoms when taking turmeric alongside their antidepressant,\" Majumdar says. You can also buy the active ingredient curcumin as a supplement in health food stores.