Compounds that increase the activity of certain neurotransmitters (chemical signalling molecules) or the delivery of the basic energy substrates (glucose and oxygen) to the brain have the potential to improve aspects of cognitive function. Those that, like curcumin, decrease inflammation and oxidative stress may have longer-term benefits for the ageing brain.
Indeed, there is converging evidence from both human population and animal studies that curcumin may help prevent age-related cognitive decline. [...]
India has a low incidence and prevalence of Alzheimer's, which may be related to genetics or a particular intake of specific foods. Some people attribute the low incidence of Alzheimer's to a high intake of turmeric in Asia.
As turmeric contains an average of 5-10% curcumin, the daily intake of curcumin is approximated in India is thought to be about 125 mg. Importantly in cooking curries, curcumin is often dissolved and extracted into fat, eg. ghee, which may increase its bioavailability. [...]
World Alzheimer's Month is commemorated every year in the month of September. This international campaign was launched in 2012 to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia and Alzheimer's disease. [...]