Researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, conducted a study that was published by the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. They found that a daily consumption of a gram of turmeric powder provides short-term memory improvement in people who are likely to experience memory loss at some point in their life.
Turmeric is one of the healthiest spice ever known to mankind. It is a real nutrient bomb that helps in relieving symptoms and also treats numerous health conditions. Researchers have come across some great findings, and this could actually help us learn how to optimize the function of our brain. Turmeric has been commonly added to many dishes, and today it’s one of the most effective natural remedies.
Mark Mahlqvist reveals that their findings are consistent with the observations as they affect the cognitive function in cases of disordered energy metabolism and insulin resistance.
He added that the slightest addition to breakfast improves memory within six hours in elderly with pre-diabetes.
Turmeric is used as a spice and remedy, and it is the base of traditional Asian cuisine and healing therapies. The yellow spice is the basic ingredient in curry powder, and gives its brilliant color.
Curcuminoids give turmeric its color. Curcumin is the most “popular” curcuminoid. Everyone knows about it. It offers antioxidants, and acts like an anti-inflammatory agent. Here are some other benefits:
- All-natural liver cleanser
- Cleanses blood
- Prevents free radical damage
- Prevents premature aging
Turmeric and Memory: 6-hour boost
Wahlqvist noted that working memory is one of the ultimate mental faculties, and it’s essential for planning, problem-solving, reasoning and other cognitive abilities. The assessment of working memory is somewhat simple and convenient, and is also referred to as helpful in the appraisal of cognition and in predicting future impairment, dementia and other conditions.
The study involved adults aged 60 or more who were recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes, but do not receive any therapy. Diabetes is commonly linked to memory loss.
Participants ate white bread and took a gram of turmeric or a placebo. They had their memory tested before and after meals.
Turmeric lessens the prevalence of diabetes and dementia.
Murali Doraiswamy reveals that curcumin binds to plaque, as found in a research conducted on animals engineered to build human amyloid plaque. Mouse’s bran can be riddled with plaque within 12 months. If these rats are fed with curcumin, their plaque will disappear. Young mice didn’t form new plaques as a result of this diet.
Curcumin reduces the risk of dementia. A study conducted at the Duke University found that this curcuminoid changes the brain and counteracts the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Curcumin targets amyloid plaques known to be a top cause of brain damage.
“There is very solid evidence that curcumin binds to plaques, and basic research on animals engineered to produce human amyloid plaques has shown benefits. You can modify a mouse so that at about 12 months its brain is riddled with plaques. If you feed this rat a curcumin-rich diet, it dissolves these plaques. The same diet prevented younger mice from forming new plaques,” researcher Murali Doraiswamy revealed.
Diet changes and exercise are top ways of preventing this terrible disease. And yes, make sure you eat curry more often, and add turmeric to your food.
Research has shown that turmeric can:
- Prevent cancer
- Improve cancer prognosis
- Relieve arthritis
- Improve heart health
- Reduce body fat
How to use it?
Add a pinch of turmeric to your dishes, rice meals, quinoa and salads.
Drink turmeric tea or latte (add a pinch of black pepper to increase its bioavailability)
Consume turmeric broth
Here are some ideas for those who do not like the taste of turmeric:
- Combine turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, Reishi, turkey tail, lemon balm, coconut milk, acacia fiber, monk fruit and vanilla into a warming drink. You will not even taste the turmeric.
- Use turmeric supplements
- Add turmeric to your soups, salads, and smoothies to mask its taste
- Use turmeric in your hot chocolate