What You Should Know about Turmeric and How it May Potentially Help with Dementia
Many people have extolled the benefits of turmeric through the years – it has, after all, been used as a food and health supplement for centuries, primarily in the Southeast Asian region and countries such as India, Pakistan, Thailand, and more. But in recent days, turmeric has gained an even more enhanced acceptance in the west, and more individuals are getting to know its advantages over other spices and how it can truly benefit one’s health. Amongst other claims such as relief from pain and inflammation and relief from indigestion as well as relief from the common cold, turmeric is believed to have an effect on those who have dementia as well. So, what is the relationship between turmeric and dementia, and how can it really help? Here’s what you should know about turmeric’s benefits and how it may potentially help with a condition like dementia.
The basics of its benefits
First of all, turmeric contains a compound known as curcumin, and curcumin, according to some in-vitro studies, has the potential to break down a hallmark of dementia or Alzheimer’s referred to as amyloid-beta plaques. Although it may be difficult for the body to absorb turmeric, the compound curcumin may have specific effects on the aforementioned amyloid-beta plaques. But further studies need to be done by the experts on the real effects of curcumin on amyloid-beta plaques. As of now, the research which has been performed is still not conclusive, thus the importance of further studies and investigations into its prospective treatments.
More on the role of curcumin in dementia and Alzheimer’s
As mentioned, scientists still need to do a lot of research on what curcumin can do with regard to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. But there is a lot of promise hanging on the compound since it is already known for its anti-oxidant properties as well as its anti-inflammatory properties. According to some research, curcumin may be able to prevent amyloid-beta plaques from forming, and it may even be able to break up the plaques, which are associated with the onset of conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. But the research done has not clearly shown how curcumin works in the brain, and this stresses the importance of further studies in the future.
The possibilities related to turmerone
Meanwhile, aside from curcumin, another compound found in turmeric has also been studied by specialists: turmerone. In specific studies done on animals, turmerone was seen to stimulate the brain’s stem cells into making new cells. In theory, this could help combat or prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s from developing. Needless to say, the potential is definitely there, but more scientists need to do more research and experimentation in order to fully determine how both compounds (curcumin and turmerone) can be of help. For instance, the studies done on turmerone were based on animals, so there is no evidence as of yet how turmerone can really help with humans. Scientists also point out that there is a lack of understanding as to whether encouraging the formation of new cells in the brain is a useful and beneficial approach towards those who have dementia or Alzheimer’s.
The good news
But there is some good news, and this is perhaps the main reason why scientists have performed their studies in the first place. The rate of dementia in Asian countries is a lot lower than in Western countries, and this could be attributed to the consumption of turmeric amongst Asian nations. And while scientists say that patients would probably have to consume a high level of turmeric, this can be a good sign as well since all it would take would be a specially-developed turmeric shot. Incidentally, turmeric shots are now available through certain suppliers, and since it is entirely natural, there really is no harm in anyone taking them and trying them out for themselves. Alternatively, one can have a turmeric drink, which is already known to help with pain relief and inflammation. Turmeric for colds has been used for generations as well, so no matter what people may conclude about turmeric, this natural spice has already helped boost the health of many.
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