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Turmeric for Brain Health

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10 May 2018

What does Turmeric do to the brain? Studies have shown that it has brain protective property, reduces inflammation, and promotes antioxidant defence.
It regulates neurotransmitters and vital protein levels that support brain health. It attenuates anxiety and stress as well as improving the efficiency of some antidepressants.
It ameliorates sleep deprivation and protects cognition and memory.

 

Reducing Inflammation
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties have been widely studied and linked to an increase in brain function and neuron activity. Turmeric has also shown promise to reduce the symptoms of serious brain ailments as there is now compelling evidence that chronic inflammation may be a causative factor in depression, Alzheimer, and Parkinson’s. It is agreed, however, that more studies are needed regarding the long-term interactions of Turmeric and these serious brain disorders.

 

Antioxidant Defence
Turmeric has shown to help relieve symptoms of brain fog by combating oxidative stress and providing cleaner connections for brain cells. This is because the curcuminoids found in Turmeric increase the bioavailability of DHA, which is an omega-3 fatty acid.

This fatty acid is essential to maintaining your brain’s regular health and provides energy for problem-solving neural connections. Some studies have even shown that Turmeric doesn’t just increase the bioavailability of DHA, but even boosts the levels of the fatty acid in your brain, helping neural connections thrive.

 

Regulates Proteins
Turmeric has shown to prevent the aggregation of proteins within the brain and maintain the number of TH-positive cells, levels of dopamine and glutathione protecting against oxidative stress, protein oxidation and mitochondrial dysfunction. Research also suggests that Turmeric can stimulate brain-cell creating proteins such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).

 

Reduces Anxiety & Stress
The curcuminoids in Turmeric possess anxiolytic properties which have been hypothesised to be used as an anti-stress agent. Turmeric also raises the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, two neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of happiness, curbing depression, and anxiety, and increasing overall emotional well-being.

 

Protects Cognition & Memory
Scientists believe that curcumin, the active compound of Turmeric can improve cognitive function. In several research studies, Turmeric has demonstrated to improve working memory and attention span in older adults, as well as improved energy levels, calmness, and contentedness.

 

 
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Please note: This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Results may vary from individual to individual.

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