Curcumin can protect your brain from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
Curcumin is a bright chemical compound of orange color that’s found in turmeric and is an inherent part of most curries and many other Asian foods, even American mustard. Curcumin is known to be a powerful anti-inflammatory. Now evidence is growing that it also prevents the destruction of brain neurons. And that means it may fight dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease.
In a year long study at Australia’s Edith Cowan University researchers performed cognition tests with 96 middle-aged and elderly subjects, then sent half of them home with concentrated curcumin pills, and the other half with a placebo.
Six months later, after the retest, those who’d been taking the placebo showed a decline in verbal and memory skills, but the ones taking curcumin showed no such decline.
It helps explain why many of India’s urban and rural populations have some of the lowest Alzheimer’s rates in the world.
You can integrate more curcumin into your diet, too. There are 3 simple ways:
1. Take a pill
You can get turmeric extract (400 to 600mg) in tablets/capsules 3 times a day.
2. Cook with it
Add curcumin to your meat and fish dishes, rice, potato, salads, even drinks. And keep in mind, that curcumin in an unstable chemical, so store turmeric in darkness and add to an acid like lemon juice when cooking.
3. Marinate in it
According to the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, a turmeric-garlic mix can cut carcinogens in grilled steak. Marinate your meat (or fish) in these two spices, and you’ll get not only a delicious dish, but you’ll be protected from unhealthy carcinogens.