Turmeric is more than just your typical kitchen spice. Why? This bright yellow spice has been a part of 600 experiments confirming its insane health benefits. Whole turmeric can even help with brain regeneration!
Turmeric is no doubt the “miracle spice” in every kitchen. One of its main elements, curcumin, is credited with the majority of these health benefits, but there are other beneficial elements in turmeric that are often overlooked.
The Benefits for Your Brain
German researchers studied, aromatic-turmerone, a fat-soluble element of turmeric. In previous studies, ar-turmerone was found to block microglia cells that cause neuroinflammation. Neuroinflammation is a factor strongly associated with neurological disorders. While ar-turmeronecan helps reduce inflammation, it was unproven if it could also reverse damage.
Neural stem cells (NSCs) are known to help in self-repair and recovery of brain function in neurodegenerative diseases. To see if ar-turmerone could help reverse damage, scientists tested different concentrations of ar-turmerone on NSCs in rats. Adult rats were injected and rats still in vitro were grown with variable concentrations of ar-turmerone. Certain concentrations increased NCS proliferation up to 80% for rats in vitro without having any impact on cell death. For adult rats, it increased the size of the subventricular zone (SVZ) and hippocampus. These two areas are where the growth of neurons take place, proving that more neurons were generated in correlation with ar-turmerone.
Based on this research, ar-turmerone can help NSC’s in brain regeneration, and in turn, also help with other degenerative diseases. Ar-turmerone has the potential of being a powerful regenerative and could potentially improve the overall memory of a patient with Alzheimer’s.
Ar-turmerone and curcumin both have positive benefits for the brain and body, to maximize the benefits of both, whole turmeric should be incorporated into the diet.