Turmeric is one of the common domestic spices. It belongs to the ginger family. Aside from its characteristic use in the kitchen, it is also popular for its medicinal properties. It is often touted for its various medicinal uses. It is anti-inflammatory in nature. It treats abnormal and ulcerative bowel movements. Owing to the anti-amyloid properties, it is also asserted to prevent plaque formation between vessels.
In addition, a recent study has illuminated its potential use as a neuroprotector. The researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles have revealed that Curcumin supplementation can improve the memory of an individual.
Curcumin is the major active ingredient of turmeric. It imparts the characteristic orange-yellow color to turmeric. Turmeric is also rich in pyridoxine, vitamin C, zinc, iron, calcium, and turmerone. Almost all the medicinal uses of turmeric are attributed to Curcumin. Moreover, pyridoxine present in turmeric is also reported to treat blood conditions like anemia and radiation sickness.
The respective research was published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
For the experiment, 40 people with normal brain functioning and minor memory issues were examined. All of them were aged between 50-90 years. They were divided into a test and a control group. The experimental study continued for almost a year and a half and the participants were fed with 90 milligrams of Curcumin twice a day. The form of Curcumin fed i.e. Theracurmin had an increased ability to penetrate into the endothelial lining.
Cognitive tests were performed before starting the study, every six months during the study, and upon its completion. The data upon analysis concluded that daily intake of Curcumin can improve the memory of the subjects by 30%. In addition, their brain scans showed an improvement in signal conduction from hypothalamus, amygdala, and areas responsible for emotions. FDDNP-PET signals were determined in the amygdala, hypothalamus, temporal, parietal, frontal, and motor regions. Curcumin was also accredited to energize and radiate their moods. However, the control group didn’t demonstrate the same results.
The researchers further added that Curcumin effectively reduced inflammation in the brain cells which in other cases may promote depression and dementia. Some people, however, reported nausea and abdominal pain as a side effect but only in fewer cases.
The researchers anticipate future studies where Curcumin would be tested against depression and other mild psychotic disorders. The effect of age, genetic flaws, severe cognitive problems, and the inhabiting environment on the memory and mood are still to be studied.
Curcumin is a popular dietary staple in Asia and the senior citizens upon analysis exhibited improved cognitive abilities and a lower degree of Alzheimer’s.
The benefactions offered by turmeric and especially Curcumin demand it to be a frequent part of our diet. It should preferably be obtained from the fresh root or ground spice. Curcumin found in curry blend is quite variable in amount thus fresh herb must be utilized in order to ensure the consumption of an adequate amount of Curcumin. Some people drink turmeric mixed in warm milk which is then named the “golden milk.” It’s a soothing way to relieve mild internal pains and injuries.
A lot of recent studies serve as an evidence of the advantages that turmeric offers. Almost all of these advantages are attributed to Curcumin. If you still don’t find it in your diet, grab it from your nearest general stores and don’t forget to add a pinch of it while cooking your food. You can also sprinkle it on your meal not only to add a taste but also to nutrify it.