Turmeric, the Golden Spice – Herbal Medicine – NCBI Bookshelf

Turmeric, the Golden Spice – Herbal Medicine – NCBI Bookshelf.

antiinflammatory spices

Asian Spices

“…antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antimicrobial, and anticancer agent…” — what more can we ask for in a supplement? Asian countries also have some of the lowest incidences of Alzheimer’s in the world, and yes, they consume a lot of curcumin.

Adding a daily supplement of turmeric to your diet can only be beneficial. It’s widely available at health food stores and not expensive.

This NIH article’s references are mostly from the past 10 years so I feel it’s worthy of bookmarking. Excellent article with a lot of valuable information.

Curcumin Effects on Alzheimer’s in India: Published Article’s Conclusion (2008)

Turmeric pH indicator, reacting to a base

Turmeric pH indicator, reacting to a base (Photo credit: httf)

The effect of curcumin (turmeric) on Alzheimer’s disease: An overview.

This article, published in the Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology in 2008, is a great overview of curcumin’s effects on dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It’s an easy to read article, so check it out.

Studies show the prevalence of AD among adults aged 70-79 years in India is 4.4 times less than that of adults aged 70-79 years in the United States. Curcumin consumption is thought to be the link. Below is the conclusion to the published article in reference:

Based on the main findings detailed above, curcumin will lead to a promising treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. The clinically studied chemical properties of curcumin and its various effects on AD shows the possibility to do further research and develop better drugs based on curcumin for treating AD. The recent review paper of John Ringman also supports some of the above mentioned properties of curcumin in AD;[50] however, large-scale human studies are required to identify the prophylactic and therapeutic effect of curcumin.

Several unanswered questions remain: What is the one main chemical property of curcumin that can be exploited in treating AD? What is the role of curcumin in other neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and other dementias? How does curcumin interact with neuronal plaques? Is it effective only as a food additive? Would it be effective when used alone or with other anti inflammatory drugs?