Abundant in medicinal properties, turmeric is one of the most health beneficial spices of today.
Apart from its century-long use as a condiment in traditional Asian culinary practices, it has also long been used in holistic Chinese and Indian medicine as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent for numerous conditions including stomachache, flatulence, jaundice, menstrual cramps, blood in urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, and chest pain. But, its health benefits don’t stop here.
Namely, a new study by researchers from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and several Taiwanese research institutes, published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that only one gram of turmeric a day can improve short-term memory function in those suffering from memory loss.
The study included adults over 60 diagnosed with pre-diabetes, a condition linked to memory loss. What the study looked into was the memory function of the subjects, who were not on any medical treatment during the trial.
The participants were divided in two groups – both of which were given the same breakfast of white bread, supplemented with either 1g turmeric or a placebo. The working memory of the subjects was tested before and after breakfast.
The results showed that the turmeric group had improved working memory in the next 6 hours as opposed to the placebo group, which saw no improvements at all.
As conditions linked to memory loss, such as diabetes and dementia, are constantly on the rise, health experts advise that early treatment, turmeric treatment is also included, is of vital importance for reversing and preventing the symptoms of this debilitating condition, especially if you consider that our cognitive abilities, such as planning, problem solving and reasoning, critically depend on working memory.
As emphasized by the researcher themselves, diet and exercise play a vital role in reversing and preventing the symptoms of dementia. Supplementing regularly with turmeric and doing regular exercise can effectively fight this debilitating condition.