Turmeric has been used extensively in Indian and Asian medicine. Although a majority of people mainly use it for cooking a number of dishes, the popular spice has also established itself as a pain reliever, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Additionally, according to a recent study, turmeric has an array of compounds that may prevent Alzheimer's disease.
As a disease that destroys memory function, Alzheimer's causes forgetfulness. With time, it also results in the loss of intellectual skills that affect daily life.
Curcuminoids are the chemical compounds found in turmeric that gives it its yellow colors. These compounds, especially Curcumin, are recently getting the attention of the scientific community. According to new findings, Curcumin breaks down amyloid-beta plaques, which are the mark of Alzheimer's disease. This compound generally breaks down any plaques that are associated with the disease.
The evidence behind it
India is a country that largely uses turmeric as one of its main spices in many of its national dishes. The country is recognized for the lowest percentages of Alzheimer’s patients. Many lead researchers believe that there is a possible connection between brain health and turmeric. Even though turmeric may not be solely responsible for this, it still plays a big part in bettering mental health.
A study conducted by the International Quarterly Journal of Research reported on an Alzheimer patient who was experiencing forgetfulness, irritability, agitation, anxiety and other symptoms associated with the disease. When treated with less than a gram of turmeric daily for a period of two months, these behavioral issues improved significantly.
Perhaps, the most exciting research about the effects of turmeric on Alzheimer’s disease was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. The study suggested that Curcumin is more beneficial for brain activity when inhaled.
The potential benefit
New findings suggest that those who consume a healthy amount of turmeric can improve their cognitive function. Curcumin helps in maintaining brain activity, hence, preventing Alzheimer’s disease, researchers believe. Other benefits of the spice include reduced stress and improved memory.
Daily doses of Curcumin supplements are considered to be safe for consumers. However, some doctors say that still little research has been done so far to completely understand the effects of regular turmeric consumption. Curcumin is also known to have the potential to interact with pain killers and some diabetes medicines. Indeed, the potential of the supplement to be safe for use with other drugs has not been fully evaluated. It’s been found that people who are predisposed to allergies in many cases cannot use Curcumin.