Medical researchers in the U.S. have discovered that Turmeric, a key ingredient of Curry that gives the spicy Indian food itsÂ distinctive yellow color, has properties that can fight the dreaded Alzheimer’s disease.
Named after the German physician Alois Alzheimer, Alzheimer’s is a disease that attacks the brain and is the most common form of dementia. There is no cure for the disease, which gets worse over time and makes growing old aÂ harrowing experience for many millions.
Alzheimer’s symptoms include forgetfulness, confusion, trouble with organizing and expressing thoughts, misplacing things, getting lost in familiar places and, personality and behavior changes.
A team of researchers including Milan Fiala and John Cashman have isolated bisdemethoxycurcumin, the active ingredient of curcuminoids, which isÂ a natural substance found in turmeric root.
BisdemethoxycurcuminÂ may help boost the immune system in clearing amyloid beta, a peptide that forms the plaques found in Alzheimerâ€™s disease.
With the help of blood samples from Alzheimerâ€™s disease patients, researchers found that bisdemethoxycurcumin boosted immune cells called macrophages to clear amyloid beta, which clogs the brains of Alzheimer’s patients and kills brain cells.
Some five million Americans have Alzheimer’s.