As a follow up to last weeks post about curcumin, as well as past posts on memory, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. This week I’m sharing an article published on the University of California’s website today, by Leigh Hopper (UCLA). In the article Hopper sites research published last week in the The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry which examined the effects a curcumin supplement on memory. This study was conducted on people who had mild memory complaints, and also examined curcumin’s potential impact on microscopic plaques and tangles in the brain, associate with Alzheimer’s disease.
“Daily consumption of a certain form of curcumin — the substance that gives Indian curry its bright color — improved memory and mood in people with mild, age-related memory loss, according to the results of a study conducted by UCLA researchers.”
The study found that people who took the curcumin supplement had significant improvement in their memory and attention abilities, this was not found in the placebo group. The curcumin group also showed mild improvements in mood, and significantly less amyloid and tau signals from the amygdala and hypothalamus on PET scans.
Although the exact mechanism for how curcumin exerts its effect is not known, it could be due an ability to reduce brain inﬂammation, which is found in both Alzheimer’s and Major Depression. The evidence is mounting for the health benefits of curcumin.
Check out the article below for all the exciting information: