Saffron the spice is found to be amazingly effective at treating depression. It’s high in carotenoids and B vitamins that help increase levels of serotonin and other chemicals in the brain that are associated with depression. It is thought that saffron extract is as effective as anti-depressant medication in treating people with major depression. Orange hues – curcumin is also thought to help. The pigment that gives turmeric its yellow-orange colour is well known for its powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. As there is a connection between inflammation and depression this is a great remedy to reduce such symptoms.