Alzheimers, Dementia, Effects of Turmeric

Effects of Turmeric, Alzheimers, Dementia

By Veena Deo

Alzheimers disease was discovered in 1907. It is a degenerative brain disease of unknown cause. This is the most common form of dementia that usually starts in late middle age or in old age as memory loss. Alzheimer disease starts as memory loss of recent events and spreading to more distant events. Alzheimers disease gets progressive over the course of five to ten years to a profound intellectual decline characterized by total dementia and personal helplessness. It is marked by the degeneration of brain neurons in the cerebral cortex and by the presence of Neurofibrillary tangles and plaques containing beta-amyloid abhr-AD; also called as Alzheimers.

Alzheimers disease is characterized by two abnormalities in the brain, Amyloid plaques and Neurofibrillary tangles.  Amyloid is a waxy translucent substance consisting of protein in combination with polysaccharides. This is deposited in brain tissues as an abnormality as in Alzheimer’s disease. Amyloid plaques are clumps of protein and are found in the tissues of nerve cells. Neurofibrillary tangles are found within neurons.

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Several studies have been done on the effects of Turmeric on Alzheimers disease. Curcumin is the active ingredient of Turmeric. There are substantial data and invitro studies, which indicate that Curcumin has antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties and that Curcumin is a promising agent in in helping with this condition. Turmeric (Curcumin) acts as an antioxidant by protecting the brain cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Curcumin also inhibit lipid peroxidation.

Turmeric Curcumin supplements that have pure Curcumin are generally helpful and beneficial to most people. Turmeric products when combined with Boswellia and Ashwagandha, the efficacy is greately enhanced and would be helpful for brain health and more.

Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All opinions expressed and on supplements above are her own and should not be construed as medical advise. This information is provided for informational purposes only. For questions email at veenadeo@herbsbenefits.com

 

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