Turmeric Benefit #6: Brain Benefits
Curcumin also acts as a neuro-protective agent by assisting in the prevention of changes in cell proteins that are often associated with the ageing process. Research is showing that curcumin may be effective for preventing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by abnormal protein development, inflammation and oxidative injury. Curcumin has shown to help clear the protein buildup and act as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It also acts as an antioxidant by protecting the loss of neurons, one of the main processes that occur in the development of Parkinson’s disease. In multiple sclerosis, curcumin appears to regulate and inhibit inflammatory cytokines, a marker in autoimmune diseases.