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Turmeric Compound Boosts Regeneration of Brain Stem Cells, and More

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  • Curcumin, a bioactive ingredient in the curry spice turmeric, exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities
  • Curcumin is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, which is one reason why it holds promise as a neuroprotective agent
  • Recent animal research suggests another bioactive compound in turmeric called aromatic-turmerone can increase neural stem cell growth in the brain by as much as 80 percent at certain concentrations
  • The findings suggest aromatic-turmerone may help in the recovery of brain function in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and stroke
  • Previous research has also shown that curcumin may help inhibit the accumulation of destructive beta-amyloids in the brain of Alzheimer's patients, as well as break up existing plaques
  • Curcumin also has the most evidence-based literature supporting its use against cancer of any other nutrient studied, including vitamin D

By Dr. Mercola

Many spices have powerful medicinal properties, which is why they've been used to promote healing for thousands of years prior to the advent of patented synthetic drugs.


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