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Alzheimer and Turmeric

Alzheimer and Turmeric

Recent studies show that curry seasoning - "Turmeric" can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, and this also explains why less seniors are suffering from Alzheimer's disease in India.  According to researchers at the University of California, the cause of
Alzheimer's disease is due to abnormal starch accumulation in the brain, which blocks the protein, and studies have shown that turmeric can effectively reduce blockage.  Previous studies had already shown that only 1% of elderly people are suffering from Alzheimer's disease in India and this rate is among the lowest in the world.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) in curry is a member of ginger family which contains curcumin and other curcuminoids.  Besides making curry, it is used as traditional medicinal herb in India and China. It is also known as a great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb.  Researchers fed middle-aged mice with turmeric and injected it into their brain cells.  From the experiment, researchers found that turmeric can reduce accumulation of β starch and protein in the neuronal cells.

Due to turmeric's anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidation nature, turmeric can treat or prevent not only Alzheimer's disease but many diseases such as cancers and cystic fibrosis.  In addition, the other spice plants commonly used in Indian curry may also improve your brain's health such as rosemary and ginger which contains rosmarinic acid, vanillin and ginger ketones.