By now you've heard all about curcumin's science-backed benefits. No? Here's a short list:
- Controls excess estrogen, boosts testosterone
- Controls cortisol levels
- Improves sexual health
- Fights off catabolism (muscle loss) when dieting or not training
- Reduces soreness, acts as a mild pain reliever
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces body fat
- Reduces plaque levels in arteries
- Reduces risk of diabetes
Well, let's add one more thing to the list:
- Improves memory and mood
Researchers gathered up 40 people between the ages of 50 and 90 for this double-blind, placebo-controlled study. These folks had mild issues with memory, but none were suffering from dementia.
Half were given a placebo and half were given a measly 90 milligrams of curcumin twice daily for 18 months.
Without getting into the boring details, let's just say that the researchers did their due diligence and conducted a lot of cognitive assessments, blood tests, and PET scans.
The subjects who took curcumin experienced significant improvements in their memory and attention abilities. Those who received the placebo got nuthin'.
Those taking the little orange capsules improved by 28 percent on the memory tests and even showed mild improvements in mood.
Those subjects also showed significantly less amyloid and tau signals in their brains. That's a good thing. Beta-amyloid and tau proteins are toxic. People who have Alzheimer's have faulty blood-brain barriers that prevent the clearing of these tangled proteins. That results in brain inflammation. That's not good. Curcumin seems to help with this.
You're probably not an old codger yet, but these scientists concluded that taking curcumin daily "could provide meaningful cognitive benefits" for everyone. It could prevent a decline in memory and maybe help reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's.
Added to curcumin's other benefits – more T, less body fat, better sex, less dying etc. – why wouldn't everyone pop a couple of capsules daily?
Just remember to use a standardized formulation with a high rate of bioavailability that contains piperine. Biotest's Curcumin fits the bill.
- Small GW et al. Memory and Brain Amyloid and Tau Effects of a Bioavailable Form of Curcumin in Non-Demented Adults: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled 18-Month Trial. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2018 Mar;26(3):266-277. PubMed.