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Author: doctor Eric Madrid

Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that typically affects the elderly. The disease is named after Aloysius (“Alois”) Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist who in 1906, diagnosed dementia in a woman who died of “a strange mental illness.” Alzheimer’s disease is incurable and can cause a sense of hopelessness as the patient and those who care for him. In the early stages of the disease develop symptoms such as forgetting names, and disorientation. In the later stages of the disease these symptoms can give way to more serious issues such as paranoia and aggressive behavior. The age of 65 years recorded less than 1% of cases the development of Alzheimer’s disease, but scientists, upon reaching 65 years in a risk group gets one in every nine people.

It is believed that Alzheimer’s disease caused by deposition in the brain protein called beta amyloid (or Aß). Aß protein creates in the brain a kind of “scar tissue” that leads to memory loss and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The key to prevention, and, perhaps, to get rid of this debilitating disease can be prevent the deposition of Aß protein.

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

  • Difficulties with the choice of words and speech (aphasia)
  • The difficulty in making decisions (agnosia)
  • Memory loss, impaired short-term memory while maintaining long-term memory (amnesia)
  • Difficulty remembering names of things (anomia)
  • Improper use of things (apraxia)

Risk factors for development of Alzheimer’s disease

  • Tobacco use
  • A diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • High blood pressure
  • The lack of physical activity
  • Age 65 or older
  • Diabetes
  • Traumatic brain injury(s) (TBI) in history
  • Genetic predisposition: apparently, in 25% of cases the disease is inherited in the transfer of the gene apolipoprotein E-e4 (ARI-e4)

Turmeric and Alzheimer’s disease

According to a study published in April 2018 in the Neural Regeneration Research, turmeric can play a significant role in maintaining a healthy brain. Turmeric (other names – curcuma Longa, Indian saffron) is a root plant of the Ginger family, is often used as a useful for digestion remedies possessing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

It is believed that curcumin, the active chemical substance contained in the root of turmeric has many beneficial properties. Turmeric is widely used as a spice to improve the taste of food for over 4000 years.

According to the study 2018 turmeric:

  • Reduces the production of Aß
  • Stops the deposition of Aß in the brain
  • Enhances the elimination of Aß from the brain
  • Increases the amount of the powerful antioxidant glutathione in the brain
  • Prevents aging of brain cells
  • Reduces oxidative damage to the brain
  • Reduces inflammation in the brain

All these factors help to maintain the health of the brain. The authors also mention that the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric to a large extent, contribute to protecting the brain from various negative factors contributing to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Turmeric is more common in the diet of inhabitants of India and Asian countries, perhaps this explains the fact that these populations have a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease compared to the population of Europe and North America.

Turmeric can be used as a spice to add to hot tea or take dietary supplements. The recommended dosage of a nutritional Supplement with turmeric is 500-1000 mg 1-2 times a day.

Learn more about other natural approaches to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

WARNING. If you are taking anticoagulants, consult your doctor as turmeric may have the ability to slightly thin the blood.

Sources:

  • National Institute of Aging. Accessed Aug. 27, 2016 https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/alzheimers-disease-fact-sheet
  • Chen M, Du Z-Y, Zheng X, Li D-L, Zhou R-P, Zhang K. Use of curcumin in diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Neural Regeneration Research. April 2018;13(4):742-752.
  • The author of this article — doctor Eric Madrid, a member of the American Council on integrative and holistic medicine, certified American Board of family medicine and the American Council on integrative and holistic medicine. He is the author of “the purpose of the vitamin D, the healing energy of the sun.” Eric Madrid graduated from medical school at Ohio State University. He is a partner of Rancho Family Medical Group and is accepting patients in Menifee, California. More information about Dr. Madrid here.

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