If you are have Alzheimer’s in your family or you’re worried that you could possibly get it, Turmeric should be part of your daily supplementation regiment. The research on this beautiful spice that has been used in India for over 5000 years is impressive and ongoing.
The breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research comes from Turmeric’s neuroprotective properties. According to James A. Duke, PhD., in the October, 2007 issue of Alternative & Complementary Therapies, over 50 studies on the effect of turmeric on Alzheimer’s disease concluded that turmeric blocks the formation of plaque in the brain which affects cerebral function leading to Alzheimer’s. It also helps to chelate toxins from the brain and prevents damage to the cells. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, and since most disease, arthritis, bursitis, etc., starts with too much inflammation, here lies a reason to consider taking turmeric. People suffering from these ailments have found it extremely beneficial in reducing pain and swelling. Early research has been so impressive that further studies are being conducted on its ability to prevent cancer and help protect cells from being damaged by radiation. Some research says that once you have cancer it can slow the progression of it.
There are many ways to take turmeric. I use it as much as I can in cooking – but you can also drink the tea or buy it in capsules or extracts. Try getting organic turmeric whenever possible. The best cure is prevention, especially when prevention is found in nature. Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” and he also said “walking is man’s best medicine.” There isn’t a drug on the planet that prevents illness and cognitive decline better than a healthy lifestyle. You have the power…you just need to exercise it