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Can Turmeric Extract Powder Improve Memory and Mood?

May 19, 2020

A study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is good news for Indian food lovers. Turmeric extract powder has a substance that can bring bright colors to indian curries) every day can improve memory and emotion of people with mild, age-related memory loss.

The study was published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry on January 19, 2018. The researchers studied the effect of an easily absorbed curcumin on the memory ability of people without dementia. And the potential effect of curcumin on tiny plaques and confusion in the brain of people with Alzheimer's disease.

Turmeric Extract Powder curcumin

Curcumin is found in turmeric and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects in laboratory studies. It is also believed that turmeric extract powder, as a dietary staple of the elderly in India, has a lower incidence of Alzheimer's disease and better cognitive ability. How curcumin exerts its effect is not certain, but it may be due to its ability to reduce brain inflammation associated with Alzheimer's disease and severe depression.


People who took curcumin had significantly improved memory and attention, but those who took placebo did not. In the memory test, people taking curcumin increased by 28% within 18 months. The mood of those who took curcumin also improved slightly. PET scans of their brains showed that the amyloid and tau proteins in the amygdala and hypothalamus were significantly less than those who took placebo. The amygdala and hypothalamus are areas in the brain that control multiple memory and emotional functions. Four people taking curcumin and two people taking placebo experienced minor side effects, such as abdominal pain and nausea.


These findings suggest that turmeric extract powder can provide meaningful cognitive benefits. The researchers plan to conduct follow-up studies with more people. This study will include some patients with mild depression, so you can explore whether curcumin also has antidepressant effects. A larger sample can also analyze whether curcumin's memory-enhancing effects vary due to the genetic risk of Alzheimer's disease, age, or the degree of cognitive problems.


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