The Neurological Benefits of Curcumin

Curcumin is a very powerful inflammation fighting herb. There has been a lot of research done on curcumin and the benefits it has on brain health. It has been found that curcumin has the ability to protect the brain and keep it at an optimal functioning state despite other factors.

It has the power to stimulate the activity of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor). This can be very beneficial since BDNF encourages neuronal survival in an adult brain. It has been found that individuals with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s have a decreased expression of BDNF. This plays a role in the neuro-degenerative nature of these diseases.

Curcumin strengthens neural networks in the brain and encourages neuroplasticity. That leads to greater cognitive and memory skills. This is very important information since there are five major neurological diseases that impair the lives of millions of Americans every year. The five diseases are depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, and brain cancer. Each one of these diseases can be connected back to two main sources, oxidative stress and inflammation. More research is being done on the correct dose of curcumin for each of those illnesses.

It is also important to note that turmeric and curcumin are not the same things. Curcumin is a compound that is found in turmeric and has a higher bioavailability in the body. This means the body actually absorbs it and it does not just pass through the body the way turmeric does. Curcumin can be found in capsule form from places like Life Extension or CuraMed.

Curcumin can also take care of other problems in the body. It can fix digestive health problems, promote healthy eyesight, support cardiovascular health, and support other internal health challenges. This means that it has a plethora of benefits and taking it daily does not only benefit the brain. It has the capability to boost overall health.

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gene/627

https://www.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/curamed.html

https://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2017/SS/Discovering-Curcumins-Brain-Benefits/Page-01