Indian Curry Ingredient Lowers Alzheimer's Disease - A Secret
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by Revathi Sankaran
and conditions. This fact sheet outlines the symptoms and risk factors for
Alzheimer's disease, and describes what treatments are currently available.

Professor Murali Doraiswamy, from the Duke University Medical Center in Carolina,
has suggested that curcumin, found in the popular curry ingredient tumeric, could
help prevent the onset of dementia.

Turmeric is found in every Indian curry dish from mild Kormas to the hot and spicy
sambars. The important chemical is curcumin, a compound found in the turmeric
root. Alzheimer's disease is associated with the build up of knots in the brain termed
as amyloid plaques. Curcumin in Turmeric is believed to reduce the number of these
amyloid plaques by a half.Alzheimer's Society is conducting its own research into this
area. Researchers at Southampton University will examine whether curcumin could
counteract some of the brain changes that are characteristic of Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's disease, first described by the German neurologist Alois Alzheimer, is a
physical disease affecting the brain. During the course of the disease, 'plaques' and
'tangles' develop in the structure of the brain, leading to the death of brain cells.
People with Alzheimer's also have a shortage of some important chemicals in their
brains. These chemicals are involved with the transmission of messages within the
brain.

Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, which means that gradually, over time, more
parts of the brain are damaged. As this happens, the symptoms become more
severe.

People in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease may experience lapses of memory
and have problems finding the right words. As the disease progresses, they
may:become confused, and frequently forget the names of people, places,
appointments and recent events experience mood swings. They may feel sad or
angry. They may feel scared and frustrated by their increasing memory loss become
more withdrawn, due either to a loss of confidence or to communication problems.

The research is supported by evidence from India where, according to Dr Susanne
Sorensen of the Alzheimer's Society, "communities that regularly eat curcumin have
a surprisingly low incidence of Alzheimer's". However, to have any impact, you would
need to eat a curry meal two to three times a week, making it difficult to fit in all the
other things we are supposed to eat as part of a healthy diet. Luckily they are
working an a "curry pill" as an alternative.


About The Author

Revathi Sankaran, a specialist in is the founder of Little Gems -
Promotors of Infant's concentration of mind a brain stimulation center for kids since
1993. For more details on how to make your child a genius you can see the website
.
Indian communities that regularly eat
curcumin have a surprisingly low
incidence of Alzheimer's disease but
we don't yet know why. Alzheimer's
Society is keen to explore the
potential benefits of curcumin in
protecting the brain and we are
conducting our own research into this
area..says Professor Murali
Doraiswamy.

Alzheimer's disease is the most
common cause of dementia. The
term 'dementia' is used to describe
the symptoms that occur when the
brain is affected by specific diseases
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