Curry could cure Alzheimer’s disease

Whether curry does or does not help, it sure does taste good!  —David

From TG Daily General Sciences by Andrew Thomas     Wednesday, June 03, 2009 06:06

London, England – A US scientist claims that eating curry once or twice a week could help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Professor Murali Doraiswamy, of Duke University in North Carolina, presented a paper at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ annual meeting in London suggesting that the spice turmeric could play a key role in lowering the risk of dementia.

Curcumin, a component of turmeric, appears to prevent the spread of amyloid protein plaques – thought to cause dementia – in the brain, says the researcher, adding that people who eat curry two or three times a week appear to have a lower risk of dementia.

“There is very solid evidence that curcumin binds to plaques, and basic research on animals engineered to produce human amyloid plaques has shown benefits,” said Doraiswamy.

“You can modify a mouse so that at about 12 months its brain is riddled with plaques. If you then feed it a curcumin-rich diet it dissolves these plaques. The same diet prevented younger mice from forming new plaques. The next step is to test [the effects of] curcumin on humans using brain scans.”

Clinical trials on Alzheimer’s patients are currently underway at the University of California, Los Angeles, to test curcumin’s effects.

Research in 2006 suggested that the curcumin present in turmeric could also be of benefit to arthritis sufferers.


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6 Responses

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  2. Dear David, as always the articles you find are very intriguing. I wonder how much curry/turmeric you have to eat weekly to receive its benefits -a whole teaspoon? two meals with a regular amount? I love it and used it especially in rice and chicken, but I guess the clinical benefit would require a larger dose than what’s used for our tastebuds.
    By the way, did Somers mentioned taking it? It should be a must in her diet/pills/injections.
    Warm hugs from Uruguay for you and Pam (I should rather say “cold” because of our fall/winter temperatures here)-anyway, love makes them warm. I’ve been here over a month and can’t wait to feel Utah’s warmth again!

  3. That’s perfect! I love curry and in our home, I stand alone on the curry fan wagon. So given that curry may help my impending dementia, I’ll have to cook and eat more of it. The others in our home can just either join me or starve!

    This is really great, great news. I’m so hungry now.

  4. I Wonder if Curry comes in pill form that is regulated for the correct amount? I’m not a fan of it but, will take a pill. No, I’m not like Somers, but would do that over having to eat it all the time.

    Love a lot to you and Pam,

  5. I went through the trouble to figure out how much curcumin is in curry. The average curry powder contains 0.26% curcumin (UCSD published study) and the average serving of curry probably contains around 2g of curry powder (informal survey of curry powder recommendations). That gives 5.2 mg of curcumin per serving. Clinical studies on curcumin and Alzehimer’s have used 4,000mg doses, with no effect (UCLA study, short communication published in J of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2008) However it is noted in that study that curcumin is not very bioavailable. I have heard that since then, UCLA has created a curcumin that is highly bioavailable and doing some interesting things, but not sure where to get it or if its clinically studied.

  6. Fresh curcumin root is delicious! It tastes much like a carrot. I’ve been trying curry recipes for years but couldn’t get a big enough dose of curcumin in them until I thought of carrot cake. I found a culinary supplier of fresh curcumin root and I make up batches of carrot-curcumin cake muffins regularly.

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