Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are very much in the public eye now as the number of people diagnosed with the condition is increasing all the time.
A twist to the statistics is that rates are higher in Western countries like America and Great Britain. One country where the condition has been monitored and found to be less prevalent is India. Why is this?
Recent research shows it could be down to high amounts of turmeric in the diet. This has been shown to lower inflammation and promote brain stem cell growth.
The two benefits of turmeric that have been noted to play a helpful role in these diseases come from two different compounds in the spice: curcumin and aromatic tumerone.
Curcumin breaks down plaque in your brain that is a staple of Alzheimer’s. The plaque is called amyloid-beta plaque, and the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-amyloid properties in curcumin seem to be a good defense and treatment against this plaque.
The amounts necessary to be effective are still not proven so tests are still ongoing.
Aromatic tumerone has been getting a little more recognition recently, as it’s been found (in mice) to restore stem cell growth and produce and regenerate brain cells helping fight degeneration.
Turmeric can help fight the condition but should be seen as part of a healthy lifestyle. A diet rich in flavanols, healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables; exercise; maintaining a healthy weight and cholesterol level; and doing your best to keep your mind active and engaged will all play their part.