Nope, it’s not coffee – it’s turmeric.
Research has shown that Alzheimer’s disease in Singapore is on the rise. How exactly can we prevent memory loss in our later years?
Researchers from the University of California might have found an answer. They revealed a powerful compound that might not only derail the onset of memory-related diseases but improve our cognitive skills as well.
Published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, the study revealed that daily consumption of curcumin improves one’s memory and mood. Curcumin is present in the Southeast Asian spice turmeric. The bright yellow powder is now recognised all around the globe for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
In the study, 40 participants received a standardised cognitive assessment before some of them were randomly assigned to take a curcumin supplement twice a day for 18 months. Others were placed on the placebo and did not ingest any curcumin.
The researchers continued testing the participants’ cognitive abilities at six-month intervals, as well as after the study ended.
According to their findings, the group who ingested curcumin displayed significant improvements in their memory abilities. They had an average of a 28 per cent improvement rate in memory tests after the 18 months. These participants also displayed improvements in their mood, as confirmed by brain scans that the researchers took. These scans showed that there was also a considerable improvement in the regions of their brain that controlled their emotional functions.
The participants placed on the placebo, however, did not receive such benefits.
The research suggests that regular consumption of turmeric could provide us with beneficial cognitive improvement over the years. Turmeric can be incorporated into your daily diet – include some in your soups, stir-fries or even beverages.