Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that affects about 10% of Americans over the age of 65. But interestingly, the rate of Alzheimer’s disease is lower in parts of Asia, and many scientists have come to believe that curcumin may be part of the reason why.
Curcumin is the active compound in the spice turmeric. Curcumin has been studied extensively over the last few decades because it has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may help relieve or even reverse such health conditions as heart disease, arthritis, and certain kinds of cancer.
In India and other Asian countries, turmeric is an important part of the typical diet because it is a key ingredient in curries and other Asian dishes. As a result, it is estimated that people in India consume about 125mg of curcumin per day. Curcumin is notoriously difficult for the body to absorb and use, but when it is consumed with black pepper and/or animal fats – as it is in curries – its bioavailablity goes up dramatically.
Of course, correlation is not causation, and the fact that people in India have a lower instance of Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t necessarily mean that their consumption of curcumin is the reason. That said, researchers have found a great deal of compelling evidence that suggests that a daily dose of curcumin could both help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and help reverse its effects in patients who have already been diagnosed.
One paper published in 2008 pointed out that, while the cause is not entirely clear, a “growing body of evidence” indicates that a number of factors may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Those factors include oxidative stress, free radicals, and abnormal inflammatory reactions. In various studies – some small and some large – curcumin has been shown to fight all of these factors. As a result, according to this paper, curcumin appears to improve the overall memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
As yet, of course, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, and more research needs to be done on curcumin and Alzheimer’s disease. But in the over 1,000 studies done to date on curcumin, none have yet found any negative side effects to taking a daily dose of curcumin, and many have presented promising evidence that curcumin can promote overall health, including a boost to the immune system, less inflammation, and better heart and brain health.
To get your daily dose of curcumin, you can make a fresh curry every day… or you can simply drink a bottle of ZYN. Our tasty, low-cal, low-sugar drinks come in four flavors that will quench your thirst and provide you with a highly bioavailable serving of curcumin.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.