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Indian spice may help improve memory

Indian spice may help improve memory

January 30, 2018 04:15 PM

The spice turmeric, commonly used in Indian food, may help to improve memory. It's actually a compound within the spice called curcumin.

Researchers at UCLA looked at 40 older adults with mild memory problems.

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Patients who took curcumin tablets for 18 months scored higher on memory tests and had fewer brain plaques than those who took a placebo.

The curcumin group also reported small improvements in mood.
Experts believe curcumin may reduce brain inflammation, which has been linked to Alzheimer's disease and depression.

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