Alzheimer’s disease and Turmeric

Author: Shelley Bennetts   Date Posted:18 April 2019 

Alzheimer’s disease and Turmeric

Turmeric and its active constituents, curcuminoids, show great promise in the treatment of inflammatory brain dysfunction and Alzheimer’s disease. We are growing more interested in using time-tested, safe, natural and available therapies, particularly foods, in our quest for optimum health.

 

It is estimated that 26 million people throughout the world suffer from Alzheimers disease and inflammatory brain conditions. By 2050, it is estimated that 1 in 85 persons will be affected by Alzheimer's disease worldwide. Given the global extent of the problem, interest in safe and effective preventive and therapeutic interventions within the conventional medical and alternative professions is growing.

 

There is a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in India and other Asian countries. Some argue that this is due to genetics, however there is mounting evidence to suggest that a diet rich in turmeric may have more to do with it. Clinical studies are being conducted and closely watched by Alzheimer’s and dementia support groups and foundations world-wide.

 

Alzheimer’s disease begins as an inflammatory process in the brain, causing a build-up of plaque. Turmeric is a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, and it has been shown to impact on these processes. Moreover, turmeric is one of the few herbs that can actually cross the brain/blood barrier.

 

Researchers from the University of California, and the Human Biomolecular Research Institute have found that vitamin D3 plus curcumin (an active constituent in turmeric) may help stimulate the immune system to clear the brain of amyloid beta, which forms the plaques considered responsible for Alzheimer’s disease.

 

For detailed research findings on the effect of Turmeric on patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease go to:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2781139/

 

 


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