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Can Turmeric Protect Your Brain?

Can Turmeric Protect Your Brain?

Turmeric is a powerful spice used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine. Nowadays it has become a popular supplement for joint health and inflammatory response in the body.

We still use it as a cooking spice and coloring agent, as well. It has a beautiful yellow-orange color and is a delicious addition to any dish. Are you a fan of cumin? It's similar in taste.

However, a less commonly known use of turmeric, and its main compound curcumin, has surfaced over the years. That is turmeric and curcumin's ability to boost brain function and provide meaningful cognitive benefits.

We know turmeric is packed full of antioxidant properties which are helpful to fight free radicals throughout the body. But recent studies are beginning to touch on ways that turmeric might actually protect your brain.

It has been found that curcumin may boost an essential hormone in the brain, the brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF, that produces neurons. It's an essential part of brain development and function.

Turmeric and curcumin have a ton of health benefits if taken as a supplement. It's pretty hard to get the amount of turmeric you want to really see results from just food alone. Side note: if you do take a turmeric supplement, you want to make sure there is a black pepper component to the formula.

The effects of curcumin can be hard to absorb without this black pepper ingredient. The black pepper helps our bodies absorb curcumin up to 2,000%!

Needless to say, it's important that we take care of our brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF. And if we can boost our brainpower with one of our favorite natural supplements, then we're all in!

Curcumin supplementation continues to surprise those of us who are interested in the wonderful world of health and wellness. Brain health is one of the most important aspects of wellness because our brain controls just about everything we do.

Clinical studies are still coming out with information about turmeric's ability to boost cognitive function and protection from free radicals, but there are seemingly more answers than we used to have.

Let's get into it, why don't we?

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HERE ARE 5 POWERFUL WAYS THAT TURMERIC MAY

HELP PROTECT HEALTHY BRAIN FUNCTION

 

1. ANTI-AMYLOID PROPERTIES

Most turmeric-based studies on brain function are centered around curcumin. The main compound found in turmeric, curcumin is a potent extract that has been shown in some lab-based studies (including a recent UCLA study) to help break down amyloid-beta plaques.

Why is this important for brain health? Amyloids are proteins that can build up on the inner walls of the arteries in your brain. This build-up of amyloid plaques can lead to forgetfulness, brain fog, and other more serious brain health concerns.

A curcumin supplement (or turmeric supplements) can help reduce beta-amyloid plaques from building up through its potent antioxidant properties and can potentially enhance overall cognitive function.

2. PROMOTES HEALTHY INFLAMMATORY RESPONSES

Neurodegenerative problems begin by breaking down nerve cells in the brain caused by oxidative damage. Turmeric is historically believed to help speed up inflammatory response and reduce or prevent nerve cells in the brain from oxidative harm.

Many studies have shown that prolonged exposure to anti-inflammatory substances may be linked to a lower risk of developing brain issues as we age.

Although researchers are just now beginning to uncover the true potential of curcumin when it comes to inflammatory responses, initial findings are promising!

3. POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANT

Turmeric is widely known to be a potent source of antioxidants. These antioxidants can help neutralize the increased amount of incoming free radicals as we age that cause oxidative stress (a common property associated with beta-amyloid build-up).

Curcumin can actually kick-start the body's antioxidant enzymes into high gear, stimulating them to function at a higher level. Because of this, it has the potential to help prevent the deterioration of neurons in patients suffering from age-related cognitive decline.

4. PROTECTION OF BRAIN CELLS

When certain brain cells are damaged, they slowly cause memory and cognitive impairment over time. However, some studies are now finding that another compound found in turmeric known as turmerone may actually help stimulate the growth of new brain cells.

This incredible compound may actually help enhance the self-repair and recovery functions in the brain, giving new hope to those who struggle with brain disorders.

We can't wait to see what the future holds for the promising studies on turmerone and cognitive health!

5. HELPS PREVENT METAL TOXICITY

Metal toxicity in some people, such as cadmium and lead, can lead to various cognitive declines. Exposure to many heavy metals is said to cause neuron damage over time and may eventually lead to neurodegenerative issues.

The curcumin found in turmeric has been reported in some studies to help prevent neurotoxicity caused by these metals by suppressing inflammatory neuron damage and protecting the brain from further toxin intake.

Another reason curcumin supplements should be added to your regular supplement routine. The benefits are bountiful and only keep getting better!

It's important to note that these studies have been conducted by professional researchers using potent curcumin extracts (not generic turmeric spice) and that although initial research is very promising, turmeric supplements are not meant to act as a replacement for prescribed medication.

They can, however, act as an excellent supplement to any powerful healthy aging routine when used correctly! Be sure to consult with your personal physician before making any lifestyle changes or starting a new supplement routine.

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