Curry Anyone? And Don't Forget the Turmeric

Posted on 14, Aug, 2007 at 23:06

Category: Science

There is research going on that indicates that a chemical found in the spice turmeric just might help patients with Alzheimer's disease.

There are plaque deposits that have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease call amyloid-beta. In a normal person, these plaques are usually cleaned up the immune system cells called macrophages. Macrophages normally identify these plaques, engulf and remove them from the system. Researches have found macrophages that could not destroy that amyloid-beta in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers compared the gene activity of the impaired macrophages with those from healthy folks and identified several genes that were not as active in the impaired cells. When they exposed these cells to chemical found in turmeric, the inactive genes were switched on, thus restoring the ability of some of the macrophages to destroy amyloid-beta.

There still needs to be a lot of research done to see if turmeric can be beneficial to Alzheimer patients. There should also be further studies done to investigate why these macrophages become impaired.

I just hope they do everything they can to “curry up” with a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease before I start to forget.


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