The Book quotes a study on effects of Curcumin in Turmeric on memory, done by the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.
Spices are believed to be good for Health. That’s why cultures like India, Indonesia are generous with the use of Spices. The Westerners are just discovering the courageous use of Spices in their everyday meals, introduced to them through curry dish. And slowly but gradually the number of spices in their kitchens is increasing.
In a new book titled, Boost Your Brain Power in 60 Seconds (Rodale, 2015) by Michelle Schoffro Cook, says that Turmeric, a spice commonly found in many Indian curry dishes, has been found to improve memory and cognition in as little as one hour. The assertion comes from her research for the book, which led her to an exciting study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.
The study, done by conducted at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, exploring the effects of one of turmeric’s active ingredients known as curcumin on sixty healthy adults aged sixty to eighty-five to determine whether the spice has any short-term or long-term memory or cognitive effects.
The study found both short and long-term positive enhancements in the participants memory.
Curcumin found in Turmeric can Boost Memory in Just One Hour
The study looked for the effects of Turmeric in the working memory, cognition, mood (calmness and contentedness), energy levels, reduced fatigue due to psychological stress after one hour, three hours, and four weeks. They found marked improvement in all three-time durations. What was amazing was that the participants showed significant performance improvement on memory and attention tasks, just after one hour of taking the curcumin supplement. The study group given curcumin supplement far exceeded in their working memory compared to those on the placebo (sugar pill, with no medical benefits, but ingested by a person believing it to be some potent medicine).
Participants also had lower cholesterol levels after taking the curcumin supplement. When the study on the effects of Curcumin were extended to the people suffering from Alzheimer’s, with severe symptoms, including dementia, irritability, agitation, anxiety, and apathy, curcumin found in turmeric showed marked positive improvements.
The Study administered 764 mg of turmeric or the standardized amount of 100 mg/day.
The study used a brand of curcumin supplement (one as this one ).
In the new book, the author, after consulting a Physician has recommended 400 mg of curcumin three times daily for people suffering from brain disorders.
To conclude, one thing which goes against the above study, which the book author quoted was the size of the research, where only 60 participants were researched upon.
But, turmeric can’t be bad either; as in cultures like India people use Turmeric in much higher quantities.