Turmeric is very beneficial for human brain. Turmeric is a very commonly known spice used in culinary preparations in Southeast Asia. It is a root which is dried and made into a powder form. It gives the distinct yellow color to curries. It is also available in form of supplements: drinks and capsules. It has been considered very helpful in Ayurveda and traditional medicine for its quick healing properties and its cosmetic benefits. Turmeric is recommended for treating a range of inflammation-related health issues including toothache, gum diseases, skin diseases, wounds, parasites, digestive disorders, urinary tract infections, flatulence, jaundice, menstrual discomforts, bruises, hemorrhage, and colic. Turmeric has more than 300 bioactive components, which exert one or more biological actions in our body when we consume them.
Chronic inflammation is believed to be a causative factor in the development of cancers and Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin acts against cancers of the breast, prostate, liver, colon, lung, and pancreas by preventing cancer cells from multiplying and by triggering apoptosis – programmed cell death – which is the body’s natural method of eliminating infected and dying cells without harming the surrounding healthy tissue.
India has the lowest dementia rates in the world. The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease among Indian adults in the age group 70-79 years is 4-5 times less than that of similarly aged adults of other countries. Some health experts believe this is because most Indians consume between 25-50 milligrams (mg) of turmeric as part of their daily diet over their entire lifetime.
When malformed proteins are formed within the brain, the immune system releases cells known as macrophages, which engulf and destroy these proteins. If not for this process, cognitive decline can occur.
Research is showing that curcumin supports the immune system in sending out macrophages to the brain. A clinical trial involving people with severe cognitive decline examined the effects of curcumin. Amazingly, the participants taking curcumin had significantly higher levels of dissolved abnormal proteins in their blood as compared to those who weren’t supplemented with curcumin.
This study showed that curcumin has the ability to effectively pass into the brain, bind to beta-amyloid plaques and assist the body in their breakdown. Curcumin is one of the only substances known to have such a profound protective effect on the brain. Try to add turmeric to your everyday diet. If not, supplements should only be taken with prior prescription.