How turmeric manages to repair the damaged brain

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Turmeric is one of the most versatile healing spices in the world. Now the attention of science goes to another possible beneficial property of turmeric: improving the brain's ability to heal itself.





La turmeric is one of healing spices most versatile in the world. Now the attention of science goes to another possible beneficial property of turmeric: improve the brain's ability to heal itself.

Once again it is thanks to the curcumin, a substance found in turmeric that would be able to encourage the activity of nerve cells in brain repair. Not just curcumin, but also other substances present in turmeric, such as ar-turmerone, curlone and β-turmerone, would be able to lower the risk of stroke.

In particular, according to the studies dedicated to turmeric, curcumin and other compounds present in this spice would be able to prevent injuries and other damage to the cerebral arteries, restore energy production by cells, maintain levels of protective antioxidant enzymes in the brain, and repair brain damage caused by free radicals and inflammation.

Currently, researchers have been testing curcumin in the laboratory to evaluate its benefits with respect to brain damage, includingictus. The hope is that science will gradually be able to deepen the benefits of turmeric and its compounds directly on humans, with reference to its effects on our brain.

The properties of turmeric as a remedy that can improve the brain's power to repair itself have been highlighted by a research published recently in the scientific journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy. The study bears the title of “Aromatic-turmerone induces neural stem cell proliferation in vitro and in vivo”.

In this study, researchers fromInstitute of Neuroscience and Medicine of Julich, Germany, focused onar-turmerone (aromatic-turmerone). On an animal model, the administration of ar-turmerone led to a 80% increase in the brain's ability to repair itself.



Second as declared by the experts, this is an important step forward as regards the regenerative medicine and the identification of substances that can promote differencing of stem cells into neurons. In this way, researchers hope to find solutions to improve the quality of life of the millions of people suffering from diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and more.

Beyond this study, turmeric is considered a real one long life elixir, with increasingly frequent and important confirmations from science. Curcumin, in fact, is a powerful one anti-inflammatory which has been associated with the possibility of preventing diabetes and arthritis. In any case, we expect further research to investigate the beneficial effects of turmeric on humans and our brain.



Marta Albè

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