A new study reveals that turmeric improves memory and bring lots of other benefits for health.
The turmeric root is used as a spice and as a medicine for thousands of years and is still an important component in Asian cuisine and in the traditional medical practices of this area of the world. Turmeric is an essential ingredient in curry powders, giving them the yellow color which is given by curcuminoids substances among which the most famous is curcumin.
Turmeric linked to memory and mood improvement
Consuming one gram of turmeric every day can improve short-term memory in people prone to memory loss and degenerative diseases, according to a study conducted by the Longevity Center from the UCLA. Gary Small, the study’s leader, observed that a daily dose of only 90 milligrams of curcumin, the principal active compound in turmeric, is enough to significantly improve memory and mood in adults who are prone to memory loss and degenerative diseases.
Many other studies linked curcumin with memory improvement
In recent years, many research has been done to promote the benefits of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and other health benefits of curcumin.
Research has associated turmeric and curcumin directly with a low risk of dementia. For example, a 2009 study conducted by the Duke University’s researchers found that curcumin generated brain changes that counteracted some effects of the Alzheimer’s disease. The substance has specifically acted upon amyloid plaques, considered the main cause of brain damage.
Other health benefits of curcumin
Studies also show many other benefits provided by turmeric, including cancer prevention and cancer improvement, arthritis improvement, improvement of cardiovascular conditions, and even weight loss.
A series of studies conducted in 2013 by researchers at Tsukuba University in Japan have shown that curcumin has improved cardiovascular health two-fold, as the aerobic exercises do, and the best results are given when the two are combined.
Studies have shown that curcumin is best absorbed when consumed directly from the turmeric root (or powder), rather than from supplements.