Scientists have just stumbled upon what could be a major finding in the battle against Alzheimer's, depression, and other debilitating brain diseases.
Turmeric is a superfood and has bunches of medical advantages including boosting your memory and elevating your state of mind, as indicated by an investigation.
The examination directed by the University of California Los Angeles set out to inspect the impacts of the fixing on individuals with mellow, age-related memory misfortune.
Found in turmeric, curcumin is hailed as a mitigating with cancer prevention agent properties, and it has additionally been recommended as a conceivable reason that senior residents in India - where curcumin is to some degree a staple - have bring down rates of Alzheimer's malady and better psychological execution.
The study, published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, involved 40 adults between the ages of 50 and 90 years who had mild memory complaints.
They were randomly assigned to receive either a placebo or 90 milligrammes of curcumin twice daily for 18 months.
After monitoring curcumin levels in their blood and undergoing cognitive assessments and PET scans, the study found that those who took curcumin saw significant improvement in both memory and mood. In memory tests, the people taking curcumin improved by 28 percent over the 18 months.
Four people taking curcumin, and two taking placebos, experienced mild side effects such as abdominal pain and nausea.
Now, the researchers plan to conduct a follow-up study with a larger number of participants.
They also hope to explore whether its effects vary according to people's age or their genetic risk for Alzheimer's, and it's potential to help with mild depression.
"These outcomes propose that taking this generally safe type of curcumin could give important intellectual advantages throughout the years", Small finished up.
The paper's authors, in addition to Small, are Prabha Siddarth, Dr. Zhaoping Li, Karen Miller, Linda Ercoli, Natacha Emerson, Jacqueline Martinez, Koon-Pong Wong, Jie Liu, Dr. David Merrill, Dr. Stephen Chen, Susanne Henning, Nagichettiar Satyamurthy, Sung-Cheng Huang, Dr. David Heber and Jorge Barrio, all of UCLA.