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Curcumin Improves Memory and Mood, Reports UCLA Study

By: Bulletproof Staff

Curcumin Improves Memory and Mood, Reports UCLA Study

A new study confirms[1] that a daily dose of curcumin – the active ingredient in turmeric – improves memory and mood in people with age-related memory loss. This isn’t the first study to prove the potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of curcumin. However, this new study shows curcumin’s beneficial impact on the brains of those with Alzheimer’s disease is linked.

Study suggests daily consumption of curcumin improves memory and mood

In the double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 40 adults between the ages of 50 and 90 years who complained of memory issues were assigned to one of two groups – group one received a placebo, while group two received 90 milligrams of curcumin twice daily for 18 months. All 40 participants took standardized cognitive assessments at the study’s inception as well as at six-month intervals. The research team also monitored curcumin levels in the participants’ blood at the beginning and after 18 months. Furthermore, 30 participants also underwent positron emission tomography (PET) scans to monitor brain amyloid and tau (indicators for Alzheimer’s) levels at the study’s start and after 18 months.

The results revealed that those who took curcumin experienced markedly improved memory and attention abilities. In fact, people taking curcumin improved their memory tests by 28% over 18 months. This group also noted mood improvements, and their brain PET scans showed less amyloid and tau signals for Alzheimer’s.

How to maximize your curcumin intake

Curcumin is the powerful antioxidant residing in turmeric, and is responsible for giving the spice its distinguished, bright yellow color. While turmeric is a nutritional source of curcumin, it only accounts for about 3% of turmeric. To reap curcumin’s maximum benefits like this study, aim to take it in supplement form. Also, to increase its bioavailability (ability to be absorbed and utilized by the body), pair it with bromelain (a digestive enzyme found in pineapple) or black pepper. If you’re on the Bulletproof Diet, where black pepper is a no-no, you can combine it with quercetin – found in green leafy veggies – or healthy fats. This will drastically improve your body’s ability to reap its benefits, which aren’t just limited to brain health. Learn more here about taking curcumin extract for colds and a healthy immune system.

Related: Turmeric Latte Recipe

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