Could turmeric be the spice of life for those suffering from Alzheimer's
I was raised in a very "granola" household. My chiropractor could heal anything from the common cold to arthritis. A sore throat was treated by chewing on whole cloves for 5 minutes and then spitting it out (by the way - it really did work). Sinus congestion cured by a sauna of boiling water and menthol (also magically worked)! Even my teenage acne was treated with supplements - I will never forget when my dad gave me niacin to get the blood circulating to my face to heal pimples. My blood was racing and my face was bright red for an hour or so!
All kidding aside, I am thankful for the way I grew up. It has allowed me to see food, supplements and plants in a way that many people in North America cannot. It is no surprise to me that experts are turning to plants, spices and food in dementia research. I applaud conventional physicians who are willing to explore alternative options.
One of these breakthroughs is the spice turmeric. This spice has been used in Indian culture for thousands of years for it's health benefits. Here are just two ways that turmeric can provide benefits: 1) Anti-inflammatory properties. In short, toxic proteins in the brain cause inflammation for those with Alzheimer's and turmeric can not only deter the formation of toxic proteins, but reduce inflammation on the proteins that do form. 2) Neuro-restorative. Studies indicate that turmeric can actual reverse some of the existing plaques that have developed during the progression of the disease.
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