One gram of turmeric a day could boost memory

One gram of turmeric a day could boost memory

Turmeric is one of our favorite spices, and tops the list when it comes to health benefits.
Adding just one gram of turmeric to breakfast could help improve memory of patients in early stages of diabetes and cognitive decline.

Early intervention could help to reduce the burden, whether by halting the disease or reducing its impact,” said Emeritus Professor Mark Wahlqvist, from the Monash Asia Institute at Monash University.

Professor Mark Wahlqvist and his team conducted a study that analyzed the working memory of men and women ages 60 years and older who had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes.

Working memory is widely thought to be one of the most important mental faculties, critical for cognitive abilities such as planning, problem solving and reasoning,” he said.

Assessment of working memory is simple and convenient, but it is also very useful in the appraisal of cognition and in predicting future impairment and dementia,” Wahlqvist added.

In the study, participants were given one gram of turmeric in addition to their breakfast. Their memory was tested before and after the meal.

We found that this modest addition to breakfast improved working memory over six hours in older people with pre-diabetes,” Professor Wahlqvist said.

Turmeric is widely used in Indian cuisine. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin, which has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia.

Our findings with turmeric are consistent with these observations, insofar as they appear to influence cognitive function where there is disordered energy metabolism and insulin resistance,” Professor Wahlqvist said.

The study was published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

AS ALWAYS: Check with your health practitioner before you change your diet. This organic food is not meant to replace any treatment or drugs you are taking. 

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REFERENCES:
1. “Spice up Your Memory.” Monash University. Monash University, 18 Nov. 2014. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.
2. “Turmeric Improves Post-Prandial Working Memory in Pre-Diabetes Independent of Insulin.” Airiti Library. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

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