In a recent post, I talked about the neuroplastic possibilities of curcumin (a brain-boosting chemical in turmeric) for slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Did that convince you to start eating it? If not, consider this my second attempt.
Slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease isn’t the only benefit from eating turmeric.
We were curious and so did a PubMed search. We came across so many other important studies on curcumin that we had to share some of them with you.
Let’s start with some more brain benefits.
A randomized, controlled study published in the journal PLoS ONE looked at the neurogenetic potential of prolonged curcumin use.
Neurogenesis is the process by which neurons are created in the brain, including in the hippocampus (one of the centers of neural learning).
Researchers led by Z. Zhao out of the Key Laboratory of Brain Functional Genomics, Shanghai, China looked at performance and brain growth in rats after 6 and 12 weeks on a curcumin-fortified diet.
(I hope those sweet rats got something tasty.)
Curcumin enhanced memory (both spatial and non-spatial), as well as hippocampal cell growth compared to rats in the control group.
But in addition to brain health, curcumin has been linked to:
- The slowing of prostate tumor growth (S. A. Shah et al. Cancer Research, 2012)
- Prevention and treatment of tendinitis (C. Buhrmann et al. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2011)
- Increasing the effectiveness of drugs used to fight colon, neck and head cancers (I. Aroch et al. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, 2010 and W. M. Abuzeid et al. Archives of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 2011)
Want to find out what else is good for the brain?
We have invited nine neuroscience experts to be a part of the New Brain Science 2012 series.
We’ll discuss not just new findings in neuroscience, but even more importantly, how to apply these findings for peak brain health.
It’s free to listen at the time of initial broadcast, you just have to sign up.
What have you recommended to your patients in order to change their brains? Please leave a comment below. And if you’ve got a recipe that includes turmeric, let us all know here.