Could Modern Life Be Causing Alzheimer's?
The scary part is that Alzheimer's is usually associated with people over the age of 60 but the study finds that the disease is actually being diagnosed in people just over the age of 40! Death rates are on the rise too as men over 75 are now three times more likely to die from the neurological disease than they were 20 years ago and women are five times more likely!
So what's the cause? Colin Pritchard, the lead author on the study says he thinks, "The environmental changes in the last 20 years have seen increases in the human environment of petro-chemicals—air transport—quadrupling of motor vehicles, insecticides and rises in background electro-magnetic-field, and so on."
Turmeric Benefits For Alzheimer's
Let's get one thing straight, we're not going to tell you that Turmeric is a cure or a way to prevent anything. What we will SHOW you is studies have been done in relation to taking a turmeric supplement and combating diseases like these. One such study titled, "The effect of curcumin (turmeric) on Alzheimer's disease: An overview" has some very interesting points:
One of the important pathogenesis in Alzheimer's disease is the chronic inflammation of nerve cells. Several studies have demonstrated the associated inflammatory changes such as microgliosis, astrocytosis and the presence of pro-inflammatory substances that accompany the deposition of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide. Patients with the prolonged use of certain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs such as ibuprofen have been shown to have a reduced risk of developing the symptoms of AD; however, the chronic use of NSAID can cause a toxic effect on the kidneys, liver and GI track.
Curcumin has a potent anti-inflammatory effect. Through its various anti-inflammatory effects, it may have a role in the cure of AD. Curcumin inhibits Aβ-induced expression of Egr-1 protein and Egr-1 DNA-binding activity in THP-1 monocytic cells. Studies have shown the role of Egr-1 in amyloid peptide-induced cytochemokine gene expression in monocytes. By inhibition of Egr-1 DNA-binding activity by curcumin, it reduces the inflammation. The chemotaxis of monocytes, which can occur in response to chemokines from activated microglia and astrocytes in the brain, can be decreased by curcumin.[13,14]
Again, we want to be clear that we're not saying turmeric curcumin can be used to cure, treat, or combat any of these diseases, but the science behind turmeric and its anti-inflammatory properties are very clear.
The study quoted above also states:
Based on the main findings detailed above, curcumin will lead to a promising treatment for Alzheimer's disease. The clinically studied chemical properties of curcumin and its various effects on AD shows the possibility to do further research and develop better drugs based on curcumin for treating AD.
Just one more reason to add a quality turmeric curcumin supplement to your daily regiment!