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New Truth: Go East and Your Mood Heads North

Spice is nice—as in, it can make you a nicer person! Curcumin, a staple in Indian curries and the pigment responsible for the bright yellow color of the spice turmeric, has natural antidepressant qualities and has been shown in animal studies to protect neurons from the damaging effects of chronic stress. Other animal research has linked curcumin to an increase in the brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine, both key components of a bright outlook.

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