According to a study done at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, daily intake of a gram of turmeric can improve short-term memory in those predisposed to memory loss.
According to Mark Wahlqvis, one of the researchers,
“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.”
Turmeric has long been used as both tasty spice and natural medicine. Its golden color comes from presence of “curcuminoids,” out of which curcumin is the most important.
The recent study mentioned above involved people over the age of 60 who had recently been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Researchers analyzed their memory, because diabetes is associated with memory loss.
They were given white breath and supplemented with either a gram of turmeric or a placebo for breakfasts, and their memory was tested before and after the meal.
As Wahlqvist explained:
“We found that this modest addition to breakfast improved working memory over six hours in older people with pre-diabetes.”
These days, conditions like diabetes and dementia are on the rise, so any potentially effective natural intervention can do wonders for the patient`s health.
“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. 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.”
Murali Doraiswamy said:
“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.”
Curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric, is responsible for most of its healing powers, as it is packed with antioxidants and it offers potent anti-inflammatory properties.
According to Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DMN, CNS:
“Arguably, the most powerful aspect of curcumin is its ability to control inflammation.”
The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen, two of the most common NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are least effective, while curcumin is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world.
This news should have reached every household in the world after the study was conducted because inflammation is at the root of most diseases. Increasingly common diseases today — such as cancer, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, high cholesterol, and chronic pain — are all associated with inflammation. The anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin have also been studied as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. “
This miraculous spice improves overall health in other ways, such as through cleansing the blood, preventing premature aging, preventing free radical damage, detoxifying the liver, improving skin health, and more.
Its anti-cancer activity has been studied and confirmed by numerous studies. Dr.Mercola reports:
“Curcumin actually has the most evidence-based literature supporting its use against cancer of any other nutrient, including vitamin D! As noted by Dr. William LaValley, curcumin is unique in that it appears to be universally useful for just about every type of cancer.”
This is odd, considering the fact that cancer consists of a wide variety of different molecular pathologies. One reason for this universal anti-cancer proclivity is curcumin’s ability to affect multiple molecular targets, via multiple pathways.
Once it gets into a cell, it affects more than 100 different molecular pathways. And, as explained by Dr. LaValley, whether the curcumin molecule causes an increase in activity of a particular molecular target, or decrease/inhibition of activity, studies repeatedly show that the end result is a potent anti-cancer activity.
Moreover, curcumin is non-toxic and does not adversely affect healthy cells, suggesting it selectively targets cancer cells—all of which are clear benefits in cancer treatment. Research has even shown that it works synergistically with certain chemotherapy drugs, enhancing the elimination of cancer cells.”