Neuroprotective Effects of Turmeric


Recent research published in the journal Neural Regeneration Research seems to indicate that age-related memory decline can be mitigated by turmeric’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. The latter action, in which inflammatory conditions in all manner of tissues are reduced, seems of high importance in offsetting the aging of the brain, because inflammation has been shown to be the “lowest common denominator” in elderly brains.

Interestingly, the brain has its very own immune system. Due to cumulative inflammation within the brain (related to the aging process), the brain’s immune system becomes overly active, resulting in a situation leaning in the direction of eventual neurological degeneration. Therein lies turmeric’s potential utility as an anti-inflammatory agent for reducing what would otherwise be a progressive, albeit destructive, neural decline. Additionally, the antioxidant properties of turmeric’s polyphenolic content have been shown to moderate the loss of the crucial synaptic connections in the brain — those which are essential to what we commonly call memory.

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  1. I always thought of turmeric more on for its anti-inflammatory properties, but now that I’ve read this research on its benefits for memory thru its neuroprotective effects just amazes me more on the wealth of benefits of turmeric. Imagine what else could be backed up by research on the other benefits of turmeric.


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