Most of us have used Turmeric whilst cooking our favourite curry and how it adds an amazing vibrant colour to our dishes, but did you know it could also be improving your memory!!
Turmeric supplements have been very popular over the last 5 years to help with mild pain relief in our joints and also digestive problems.
But turmeric has been used for thousands of years in Chinese and Indian medicines to relieve gas, as an anti-parasitic, improving digestion, regulating menstruation, dissolving gallstones, and relieving arthritis.
Many believe the reason that people in India have a lower rate of Alzheimer's disease better cognitive performance, is because they have a diet rich in Turmeric. There has been a lot more research done lately in Western society into how it can improve cognitive health and possibly help with Dementia. Research at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Texas A&M University found that middle-aged people without dementia who were taking Curcumin (active compound in turmeric) had improved attention and memory.
So, can Turmeric really help your memory? Researchers worldwide studying the benefits of Turmeric seemed to all agree that turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, because of this it makes it a possible treatment option for various forms of dementia. In Animal studies it has been revealed that Turmeric reduces inflammation in the brain and also slows the development of amyloid plaques (deposits of the amyloid beta protein mainly in the grey matter of the brain)
When taking Turmeric, it’s advisable to take it along with a fat source as turmeric is fat soluble so it increases absorption. We would always advise fish oil as your fat source because fish oil in its own right is beneficial for cognitive health. studies have shown that people who have a lot of fatty fish in their diet score better on memory tests and are also less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.