Curry lovers, it’s time to rejoice!
Researchers have found a compound in curry that will you happy!
According to a study published online in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, curcumin, which is found in Tumeric—the reason why your curry is yellow—helps to elevate your mood and improve your memory.
This 18-month long research included 40 participants who were aged between 50 to 90 years old and they all experienced mild memory loss of sorts.
They were either given a placebo or 90 milligrams of curcumin twice a day for 18 months, and their blood levels were tested every 6 months.
30 participants agreed to go for PET scans to check the levels of amyloid and tau (indicators of Alzheimer’s) in their brains.
Those who consumed curcumin saw a 28% improvement in memory tests alongside mild improvements in mood.
Additionally, their PET scan revealed significantly less amyloid and tau signals in the parts of the brain that control memory and emotional functions.
Those who were on the placebo did not see any improvement.
However, DR Gary Small, director of geriatric psychiatry at UCLA’s Longevity Centre and the study’s first author does not the exact correlation between curcumin and cognition.
In an interview, he said: “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. These results suggest that taking this relatively safe form of curcumin could provide meaningful cognitive benefits over the years.”
While curcumin is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, this study definitely sheds new light on this miracle compound.
So, curry anyone?
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