Turmeric Compound May Fight Alzheimer’s and Neurological Disorders
Turmeric, or haldi as it is widely referred to, has long been known to have healing powers and contains therapeutic properties that can treat diseases, such as diabetes, inflammation, and cancer. According to a new research study conducted recently, it was found that turmeric can also be used as an inexpensive way to treat Alzheimer’s and neurological disorders.
The results of the research have found that the key to avoiding Alzheimer’s and such disorders lies in a compound found in turmeric itself. Turmeric is used popularly in Indian cuisine and various curries. The compound found in turmeric, aromatic-turmerone, plays a huge role in enhancing the brain’s self-healing abilities by increasing the growth of nerve cells.
The study was published in Stem Cell Research & Therapy on September 26, 2014, and was conducted by Maria Adele Rueger from the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine in Jülich, Germany. It focused on the effects the aromatic-turmerone had on the neural stem cells that exist inside the adult brain. To test these effects, adult rats were injected with ar-turmerone. The findings were that the sub-ventricular zone, or SVZ, as well as the hippocampus enlarged within the brains of the rats injected with the ar-turmerone.
This is what the researchers wrote regarding the subject:
“In this study, we investigated the effects of ar-turmerone on NSCs in vitro and in vivo. Ar-turmerone increased the number of NSCs both in cell culture and in the adult rat brain in vivo. We propose that ar-turmerone constitutes a promising future drug candidate to support regeneration in neurologic disorders.”
Will Ar-turmerone Fight Alzheimer’s and Neurological Disorders?
However, they were unable to confirm whether ar-turmerone could fight Alzheimer’s and neurological disorders or not, and whether the results that were seen on rats will be the same on human beings. This is what was said in that regard:
“We’d need to see further studies to fully understand this compound’s effects in the context of a complex disease like Alzheimer’s, and until then people shouldn’t take this as a sign to stock up on supplies of turmeric for the spice rack…” – Laura Phipps from Alzheimer’s Research UK
However, if the compound does prove to be successful and portrays similar results on human beings, it will be used to treat various diseases, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and neurological disorders that are similar.
According to TechTimes:
“Neuro-degenerative diseases are characterized by the deterioration of the cells in the brain and spinal cord and often affects middle-aged to older adults. The Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center reveals that if nothing is done about neuro-degenerative diseases, over 12 million Americans will suffer from these conditions 30 years from now.”