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Turmeric: Doctors Say This Spice Is a Brain Health Miracle

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Are you concerned about maintaining the health of your brain as you age?

You’re not alone.

Losing one’s memory and mental abilities to cognitive decline is something we all fear, and the current statistics on the prevalence of cognitive decline in this country are not pretty.

By age 65, sadly 1 in 8 Americans will suffer from severe cognitive decline, and by age 80, an astonishing 1 in 2 will.[1]

Doctors Say This Spice  Is a Brain Health Miracle

Researchers have been working for years to develop an effective treatment. But one “miracle” drug after another has failed to live up to its promises, and it’s becoming more and more apparent that pharmaceuticals are not the solution. Unfortunately, the medical establishment is so narrowly focused on finding an elusive “cure” that scientifically proven prevention strategies are often ignored.

diannevan - headshot 300pxI’m Dianne Van, Editor-in-Chief of Tips That Rock, one of the fastest growing natural health Facebook Pages. My passion for natural health  and nutrition drives me to seek the truth about the causes of health problems and to educate people on alternative solutions that are both safe and effective.

Please keep reading …

 … because I’ll tell you about an amazingly effective way to protect your brain from the ravages of cognitive decline and boost your thinking and memory abilities quickly, naturally and safely.

 Turmeric – A Proven Brain Health Miracle

There are a number of natural brain protectors out there, but did you know that one herb has shown more promise when it comes to supporting your neurological system than any other medical finding to date? It’s a scientific fact that curcumin, an antioxidant compound found in the root of the turmeric plant, is one of the most powerful natural brain protecting substances on the planet! It continues to amaze scientists with its remarkable cognitive health benefits.

You may be familiar with turmeric as the bright yellow spice that is commonly found in curry powder. Turmeric has a long history as a healing herb and culinary spice in India. Interestingly, India has the highest per capita consumption of turmeric AND the lowest incidence of cognitive decline worldwide![2]

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Your Brain on Curcumin

The hallmark process associated with certain types of cognitive decline is the formation in the brain of abnormal protein structures. Normally when malformed proteins are formed with the brain, the immune system sends out cells known as macrophages, which engulf and destroy the proteins. If this ordinary function fails, defective proteins accumulate in the brain and cognitive decline can follow.

That’s why I was excited to read that recent research is showing that curcumin encourages the immune system to send macrophages to the brain. A landmark clinical trial involving people with severe cognitive decline measured the effects of curcumin. Amazingly, the participants taking curcumin had significantly higher levels of dissolved abnormal proteins in their blood compared to those in the placebo group.

This study showed that curcumin has the ability to effectively pass into the brain, bind to beta-amyloid plaques and assist the body in their breakdown.[3]

Curcumin is one of the only substances known to have such a profound protective effect on the brain.

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How to Get the Most Out of Curcumin

Although you may be able to find high quality turmeric powder at your local market, it’s very difficult to verify its purity and potency. Plus, it’s almost impossible to incorporate therapeutic amounts of curcumin into your diet on a daily basis as a spice. So, to put it simply, a high-quality curcumin supplement is your best bet!

However, not all curcumin supplements are created equal. Unfortunately, most supplements out there don’t have the necessary doses and components to get the job done. If you take the wrong supplement, you’ll end up not only wasting money, but missing out on an incredible opportunity to protect your brain and keep harmful inflammation at bay.

There are 3 major factors to consider when deciding on a curcumin supplement:

1. Standardization and Dose: Standardization is the process by which the active ingredients in a plant are concentrated and brought to a consistent level. The active ingredients of turmeric are called curcuminoids, and there are actually three components: curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin. Any good curcumin supplement should include all 3 of these curcuminoids and be standardized to at least 75%. Otherwise, what you’re getting could be little more than a pill filled with powdered turmeric root. Also, the minimum recommended daily dose is 1,000 mg per day.
2. Absorption: One problem with curcumin is that it’s not easily absorbed. However, it was discovered that an extract of black pepper, called piperine, significantly enhances absorption of curcumin. In fact, one study found that the addition of a piperine increased bioavailablity by 2,000%![10] So make sure that any curcumin supplement you take contains this important extract.
3. Price: Some people mistakenly believe if you pay more you get better quality. My advice is that you don’t need to pay more than $30 for a one month supply. Many companies are taking advantage of the hype surrounding curcumin and charging more than double this.

The Curcumin Supplement I Personally Recommend

Since cognitive decline and chronic inflammation are so widespread, I consider curcumin a “must take” supplement. However, when I was looking at the different options out there, I was shocked by how many poor quality curcumin supplements there were.

The ones that had “all the right stuff” were absurdly expensive, making this lifesaving nutrient off-limits for too many people!

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Scientific References

 

1. http://www.alzheimersprevention.org/alzheimers_disease.htm
2. Neurology. 1998; 51(4): 1000-1008
3. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2008 Feb;28(1):110-3.
4. Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2005 Feb;37(2):289-305.
5. Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2009; 41(1): 40?59.
6. J Neurosci Res. 2004 Mar 15; 75(6): 742-50.
7. Nutrition. Sept 2009, 25(9): 964-972.)
8. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2007 May; 321(2): 616-25.
9. Biochem Pharmacol. 2005 Sep 1; 70(5): 700-13.
10. Planta Med. 1998; 64(4): 353-356.

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