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Turmeric tales

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What if we said you could simply reach into your kitchen cabinet and take a dose of happiness? Better still, that it could also improve your memory? If you’re thinking that’s too good to be true, read on. In everyday terms, this mood-enhancing, memory-boosting spice is called turmeric, which is already a cornucopia of medicinal benefits. Now scientists have found that curcumin in turmeric, also known to Indians as haldi, acts as a mood-lifter and improves cognitive function. Gary Small from the University of California-Los Angeles tested 40 seniors with mild memory complaints, aged between 50 and 90, some of whom were given a placebo and others curcumin, twice daily. The findings after 18 months revealed that those who consumed curcumin showed improved memory and cognitive skills. The researchers believe that the antioxidant properties of curcumin reduce brain inflammation, which is linked to Alzheimer’s and depression. The study was published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

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Featured in Harmony — Celebrate Age Magazine
May 2018