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Turmeric improves memory and helps boost mood

Turmeric improves memory and helps boost mood, according to the latest research from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Turmeric is one of the most potent healing spices in the world. It is one the most researched plants in the world. There are so many reasons to eat turmeric. The medicinal properties of turmeric have been the subject of over 6000 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies.

The new research examined the effects of a curcumin supplement on memory performance in people without dementia. Curcumin is a potent ingredient in turmeric. They also examined the effects of turmeric on plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Turmeric is known to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Exactly how curcumin exerts its effects is not certain, but it may be due to its ability to reduce brain inflammation, which has been linked to both Alzheimer’s disease and major depression,” said Dr. Gary Small, director of geriatric psychiatry at UCLA’s Longevity Center and of the geriatric psychiatry division at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and the study’s first author.

The participants in the study who took curcumin had significant improvements in memory and attention, while those who took the placebo did not. In memory tests, those who took curcumin improved by 28 percent in 18 months.

Those who took curcumin had improvements in their moods, and less plaques were found in the brain as well.

These results suggest that taking this relatively safe form of curcumin could provide meaningful cognitive benefits over the years,” said Small, UCLA’s Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging.

The study showing that turmeric improves memory and helps boost mood was published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

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1. “Curcumin Improves Memory and Mood, New UCLA Study Says.” UCLA Newsroom, UCLA, 22 Jan. 2018,

2. “Memory and Brain Amyloid and Tau Effects of a Bioavailable Form of Curcumin in Non-Demented Adults: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled 18-Month Trial.” The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Elsevier, 27 Oct. 2017,
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