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.
“Our findings with turmeric are consistent with these observations, insofar as they appear to influence cognitive function where there is disordered energy metabolism and insulin resistance,” researcher Mark Wahlqvist said.
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
“We found that this modest addition to breakfast improved working memory over six hours in older people with pre-diabetes,” Wahlqvist explained.
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.
“Working memory is widely thought to be one of the most important mental faculties, critical for cognitive abilities such as planning, problem-solving and reasoning,” Wahlqvist said. “Assessment of working memory is simple and convenient, but it is also very useful in the appraisal of cognition and in predicting future impairment and dementia.”
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
Source: Health Advice 365