Curry Powder and Alzheimer's



Curry and turmeric, two common cooking spices, may hold the cure for Alzheimer's Disease.

Scientists have discovered that patients taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have a lower incidence of Alzheimer's Disease. This is because Alzheimer's is caused by chronic inflammation of the brain.

NSAIDs can have serious side effects if taken for long periods of time which is common for patients taking them for arthritis. Side effects of NSAIDS include heartburn, ulcers, bleeding and many others but when taken for the long term, such as for arthritis and other inflammatory ailments they can cause heart attacks, strokes, liver and kidney problems.

Turmeric contains curcumin, a potent antioxidant, appears to reduce Alzheimer's-related inflammation in the brain tissue. Curcumin also decreases the building of the fibrous tissue associated with Alzheimer's.

In India, curcumin has been used for many years as an anti-inflammatory medication for bursitis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis.

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