Turmeric Improves Mood and Memory | Nutrition
Earlier today we discussed the importance of MMC, or mind-muscle connection, between the brain and muscles in the body. Now I’ll give you a tip to boost your brain’s performance – add turmeric to your food.
In recent years, turmeric has gained popularity because of its abilities to help prevent pancreatic cancer, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease. A new study however, revealed that a compound in turmeric, the spice that gives curry its golden color, can help improve memory and mood in adults. The special compound I’m talking about is called curcumin.
According to the study, curcumin has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. As an antioxidant, it can protect your cells against damage caused by free radicals. Most importantly, researchers of the study discovered that the turmeric compound can protect the brain. How?
Curcumin can lower levels of proteins called beta-amyloid and tau in regions of the brain that play key roles in emotion and memory. However, Dr. Gary Small, head author of the study and Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at the UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) Longevity Center, warns everyone to take only the relative safe form and dosage of curcumin to reap its benefits.
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