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An 83-year old woman developed signs of dementia, including difficulty with dressing, cooking, and household tasks, when she was 76 years old. She wandered around the house, experienced urinary incontinence, and showed apathy, anxiety, agitation, and irritability. After taking 764 mg turmeric daily (containing 100 mg per day of curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric) for 12 weeks, her symptom scores improved and she expressed less agitation, apathy, anxiety, and irritability. She began to engage in activities she previously enjoyed, such as knitting and singing and regained some control of her bladder. After one year of turmeric supplementation she began to recognize her family.
An 84-year old woman began to experience forgetfulness, disorientation, hallucinations, delusions, agitation, irritability, depression, apathy, wandering, urinary incontinence, and distorted memories several years prior to coming for treatment. After taking 764 mg of turmeric daily for 12 weeks, her hallucinations, delusions, agitation, apathy, anxiety, irritability, and incontinence improved. She began to dress appropriately and gained the ability to distinguish her family from care center staff. After one year of turmeric supplementation, her family noted that she continued to live peacefully with them.
A 79-year old man began to experience short-term memory loss, progressing to confusion, poor concentration and recall, agitation, apathy, anxiety, euphoria, irritability, changes in eating behavior, depression, and decreases in writing and verbal fluency over several years. After taking 764 mg of turmeric daily for 12 weeks, he experienced improvements in levels of agitation, irritability, and depression, and increases in concentration and spontaneous writing. His score on the Mini-Mental State Examination, a test used to gauge a person’s mental health and cognitive status, improved, and after one year, he continued to live with his wife, who noted the improvements continued.
Keep the following points in mind as you decide whether a turmeric supplement is a good choice for you or your loved ones:
(Ayu 2012; 33:499–504)