LANDING, New Jersey, November 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A new clinical study confirms positive effects of BCM-95®, a high-potency turmeric extract in treating Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and anxiety. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161122/441993-INFO ) The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted by Adrian Lopresti, PhD, and Peter Drummond, PhD, of Murdock University, in Perth, Western Australia, and will be published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, volume 207, January 1, 2017. BCM-95 was studied for its effects on Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and anxiety in more than 110 subjects, aged 18-65 years. Three groups of subjects received twice-daily doses of 250 mg BCM-95 combined with 30 mg of saffron, or 500 mg and 1000 mg BCM-95 alone. The groups were compared to each other, and collectively against a placebo. "The positive results of this clinical study support findings that BCM-95 could help patients who suffer from depression, or could reduce anxiety in depressed adults," says Shavon Jackson-Michel, ND, Medical and Scientific Affairs Advisor for DolcCas Biotech. "BCM-95 is high potency and can be effective even in smaller dosages-as little as 500 mg per day-and has a completely neutral flavor." Depression treatment responders were qualified by attaining a 50% decrease in their IDS-SR 30 score over the 12 weeks of the study. The BCM-95 and BCM-95-plus-saffron groups collectively showed decreased depression symptoms at each of the 4-week intervals, with little difference found between groups. Although the placebo groups also improved over the first 4 weeks, those improvements were not maintained throughout the full 12-week study. Measurements of present anxiety and generalized anxiety in the BCM-95 groups during the 12 weeks decreased by 7 and 6 points, respectively, over the placebo group.