Does Your Brain Ever Feel, "Foggy"? Turmeric May Be The Answer!

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Turmeric is a popular spice found in Indian cuisine. It is believed that the daily consumption of curcumin plays an important role in the low rates of Alzheimer’s disease in Elderly Indians.

 

It was previously believed that neurons in the brain lose their ability to develop after early childhood. However, discoveries have shown that neurons actually have the ability to form new connections and grow new neurons from neural stem cells in parts of the adult brain.

Turmeric Curcumin’s Potential to Improve Brain Function & Lower Risk of Brain Diseases

This process is known as Neurogenesis which is stimulated and controlled by Neurotrophins chemicals. Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is one of the most active types of Neurotrophin growth hormones that are responsible for the growth of new neurons and the prevention of various degenerative processes in the brain.

BDNF is active in the areas of the brain that are vital for learning, memory, and higher thinking. It is for this reason that it is believed that decreased levels of BDNF is linked to common brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression.

Curcumin has been found to increase the levels of BDNF in the brain and therefore may be effective at delaying, preventing, and possibly even reversing brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function.

*Source - http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/10/13/turmeric-curcumin.aspx