The presence of turmeric as a base material for the manufacture of foods such as curry, is known. But are you aware that turmeric also kept hidden benefits, especially in preventing the disease or senile dementia?
Yes, recent research indicates that eating curry regularly can reduce the risk of developing health problems associated with aging such as dementia.
Experts from the University of Linköping, Sweden, suggested, put the curry on the menu of the day as much as once or twice a week is enough to reduce the likelihood of someone suffering from dementia in old age. The researchers argue, the high content of curcumin in turmeric plays a very important and is the main agent that prevents the onset of dementia.
In their research, scientists in Sweden conducted a series of scientific experiments and testing of the potential benefits of curcumin in fruit flies. The results were very surprising, since the flies that received curcumin some of constantly having a longer life (75 percent) than flies that did not receive curcumin treatment.
These findings were published in February in the journal PLoS ONE. The researchers said the findings, as well as a scientific explanation of why the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia are very rare in some Asian countries.
How it works
Scientists emphasize that curcumin could not break the formation of amyloid plaques – protein in the brain that destroy nerve cells – which play an important role in accelerating the development of nerve fibers. Compound in turmeric is also believed that experts can reduce the formation of oligomers of medium size, the molecules that form in the nerve fibers that are harmful to nerve cells.
Professor Per Hammarstrom, a leader of the study, said the fact that there are a number of theories that explain how the oligomer so that it can lead to degenerative processes in the brain. One, for example, oligomers trapped in the stimulation of the nerve fibers and damage the signal coming from the brain.
Consequently, the stimulus signal to be blocked, and that is where curcumin works to improve the process. Hammarstrom said that there are many health benefits of curcumin include the increasing role of the digestive system, reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart attack and stroke, as well as natural painkillers.