A bioactive substance that fights inflammation at the molecular level. Curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and reduces degenerative processes in the brain. Curcumin is one of the few antioxidants able to cross the blood-brain barrier. A study of 60 depressed patients demonstrated that curcumin was as effective as Prozac in alleviating depression. CurcuCare? is a curcumin preparation from fresh turmeric rhizome that is never dried or extracted using solvents. The resulting curcumin remains in its native complexed form and, when ingested, leads to dramatically higher circulating levels of the beneficial, unmetabolized, free curcuminoids ? up to 29x higher than what is expected from standard curcumin extracts.