Curcumin may reduce brain plaque and improve memory

Curcumin is known to be anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-amyloid and possibly anti-tau, which theoretically can protect from neurodegeneration.    

In this long-term, 18 month, double-blind study performed at UCLA, 40 adults between 51-84 years old without dementia were given curcumin daily or a placebo. Doctors performed brain scans and a variety of memory and attention tests before and after the 18-month supplement period.

The doctors found that curcumin improved verbal memory, visual memory and attention compared to placebo, which correlated with FDDNP-PET scans showing decreases in plaque and tangle accumulation in brain regions modulating mood and memory (amygdala and hypothalamus). Discussing the findings, the doctors were encouraged that this relatively inexpensive and nontoxic treatment may have a potential for not only improving age-related memory decline but also preventing or possibly staving off the progression of neurodegeneration.

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