Date
17 December 2017
There's something in this steaming bowl that just might help you stave off dementia. The great thing is you also get to eat it. Photo: Mail Online
There's something in this steaming bowl that just might help you stave off dementia. The great thing is you also get to eat it. Photo: Mail Online

Curry brain food? I’d rather put it in my mouth than in my head

There’s one more excuse to eat curry: beating dementia.

Apparently, the spicy hot Indian dish already loved around the world is also food for the brain, Mail Online reports, citing German researchers.

The secret is a compound in the aromatic spice turmeric, a key ingredient in most curries, that helps repair brain tissue in people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. 

In laboratory tests, aromatic turmerone triggered the proliferation of brain stem cells and their development into neurons.

The findings could help scientists develop treatments for conditions in which brain cells are lost, including Alzheimer’s and stroke.

“While several substances have been described to promote stem cell proliferation in the brain, fewer drugs additionally promote the differentiation of stem cells into neurons, which constitutes a major goal in regenerative medicine,” lead researcher Adele Rueger from the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine in Julich, Germany, said. 

“Our findings on aromatic turmerone take us one step closer to achieving this goal.”

The scientists examined the effect of aromatic turmerone on endogenous neutral stem cells in adult brains.

They found that these cells develop into neurons and play an important role in recovery from neurodegenerative diseases, the report said.

At certain concentrations, the turmeric compound boosted the proliferation of rat fetal cells by up to 80 percent and increased the speed at which they matured.

But enough already. I’d rather put curry in my mouth than in my head. 

– Contact us at [email protected]

RC/RA

EJI Weekly Newsletter

Please click here to unsubscribe