How the Curcumin Found in Tumeric Can Boost Memory By 28% and Reduce Depression
Curcumin is getting a lot of buzz these days, and another study has just been conducted to provide further evidence in favor of its acclaimed anti-inflammatory properties. New research indicates that curcumin, the yellow compound found in turmeric, can boost cognitive memory function and reduce depression.
Numerous studies attest to the fact that tumeric is one of the most powerful healing herbs known to mankind. In fact, there are over 10,000 peer-reviewed, published articles showcasing the multiple health benefits of tumeric and one of its famous healing compounds, curcumin.
The health benefits of curcumin include:
• Anti-inflammatory properties
• Digestive health
• Eye health
• Post-surgical recovery
• Brain health
• Lowered cancer risk
• Mental health
• Skin health
• Lowered risk of diabetes
• Improved cardiovascular function
A new study published by the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry examined the effects of curcumin on 40 participants over an 18 month period. The participants, aged between 40 and 90 years old, took either 90 milligrams of curcumin twice a day or a placebo throughout the course of the study. The common complaint shared amongst all participants was the issue of slight memory problems.
The participants’ heart rhythms, thyroid function, and overall health were analyzed every three months. Some of the participants, 30 to be exact, also underwent brain scans.
The study’s results showed that supplementing curcumin for 18 months boosted the participants’ memory and concentration by 28%. The study also found curcumin to be effective at reducing common symptoms of depression.
Inflammation and Curcumin
Inflammation is the root of most, if not all, diseases. Previous research confirms that inflammation has been linked to dementia and severe cases of depression. Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory substance. Curcumin works by fighting inflammation on a molecular level. For example, curcumin blocks NF-kB, a molecule responsible for activating genes connected to inflammation.
In the brain, curcumin reduces the build-up of proteins in regions of the brain responsible for memory and emotion according to research. The onset of Alzheimer’s disease has been shown to be triggered by the accumulation of protein plaque in the brain.
The author of the study, Dr. Gary Small from the University of California, LA, stated: “These results suggest that taking this relatively safe form of curcumin could provide meaningful cognitive benefits over the years.”
Beware of Poor Quality Curcumin
The form of curcumin the participants took in the study was Theracurmin. Perhaps the only downside of curcumin is its poor bioavailability. Dr. Joseph Mercola warns on his website that researchers discovered that most turmeric and curcumin supplements available in the market do not deliver the amount of curcuminoid compounds promised. He provides a helpful checklist on how to buy a good-quality curcumin supplement here.
The health benefits of turmeric and curcumin seem endless and invaluable when you consider the epidemic of inflammation sweeping across America. For all of you who are proactive about your health, curcumin is a preventative herbal remedy you may want to consider.
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