Study after study finds that curcumin, one of the main compounds in the spice turmeric, is good for our health. A new study adds to that pile of research with evidence that curcumin is good for our brains, improving mood and memory.
A powerful antioxidant, curcumin seems to help by battling inflammation all over the body. Some studies recommend it for its anti-cancer properties, while others found that it supports liver health and may help prevent fatty liver disease.
In this new study, participants (who were between 50 and 90 years old) took curcumin for 18 months. Their diets and curcumin blood levels were measured, and they were tested for memory and more. Not only did curcumin seem to help with brain function and mental alertness, participants who took curcumin had measurably lower levels of the bad brain proteins that are associated with Alzheimer’s, amyloid beta and tau.
This measures up against data that populations who consume a lot of curcumin (namely India, where curry is a staple) have more mental alertness and agility in their older populations.
There are lots of ways to get more curcumin in your diet. If you don’t like curry, try a warm teaspoon of oil mixed with turmeric (it’s fat soluble, so the oil helps). If that’s too much work or still unappetizing, just choose an antioxidant supplement with curcumin, like Triple Strength Antioxidant. It’s loaded with curcumin and other powerful antioxidants to help support your health from head to toe.
A supplement like Triple Strength Antioxidant as an addition to your daily multivitamin makes sure you don’t miss out on key superfoods like turmeric. Restrictive diets that cut carbs, sugars, dairy, and more may make it hard to get all the great superfoods in the world—but so can a varied diet that changes each day! With a supplement, you’ll never miss out on the benefits of some of the healthiest foods nature has to offer.
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