Here’s an anti-aging recipe that’s can ward off age-related memory loss. The curry in this recipe contains turmeric, which has been found to influence the brain in ways that are quite remarkable. Consider these results from a clinical trial conducted by Japanese researchers. The research team recruited three patients with Alzheimer’s disease who all suffered from the classic symptoms of Alzheimer’s: irritability, anxiety, agitation, incontinence, and severe memory loss. The patients were started on a course of turmeric powder capsules and the researchers began to see improvements in cognitive function after just 12 weeks. Two of the patients continued with their turmeric treatment for one year and were able to recognize family members again. None of the patients showed any signs of adverse reactions.
Turmeric contains volatile oils that help to reduce inflammation—a precursor to some of the negative changes that take place in the brain before Alzheimer’s sets in. But perhaps even more potent than the volatile oils is the yellow pigment called curcumin. Curcumin exerts health benefits in the body that rival many pharmaceutical drugs. It is antibacterial, anti-cancer, and possesses formidable antioxidant powers. Turmeric, along with its volatile oils and curcumin, helps to prevent the formation of amyloid plaques in the brain that can lead to a full-blown case of Alzheimer’s.
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