I have to admit, I didn’t grow up eating curry. It just wasn’t a mainstay in the New England diet, and my parents still aren’t much into trying new foods.
And while this follows the whole “you can’t teach old dogs new tricks” thinking, anyone who doesn’t at least try curry, or more importantly, turmeric, is possibly missing out on soe pretty spectacular health benefits.
Turmeric is a spice used in various dishes in many Asian and Middle Eastern countries. The reason that turmeric is so important is the derived chemical, curcumin.
Curcumin has been implicated in numerous studies as a booster of brain health.
In a recent study in the journal PLoS ONE, investigators led by Ina Caesar from Linköping University in Sweden looked at how curcumin affected transgenic fruit flies which developed Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) symptoms.
(If you’re wondering why we would care about fruit fly studies, fruit flies are increasingly used for research into neurodegenerative diseases like AD.)
The flies that received the curcumin lived up to 75% longer and maintained their mobility longer than the sick flies that did not receive the substance.
However, it should be noted that there was no decrease of amyloid in the brain or eyes (that’s the plaque normally associated with Alzheimer’s Disease).
So while curcumin didn’t dissolve amyloid plaque, the researchers still found that it reduced neurodegeneration.
Diet is just one way of influencing neuroplasticity – or the brain’s ability to rewire itself.
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