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Curcumin Prevents Neurodegenerative Diseases

July 15, 2014 (Updated: August 21, 2018)
Lily Moran

You know the symptoms: tremors in the hands or head, inability to remember even the most cherished life events, or frequent falls. All signs of devastating neurodegenerative diseases common among people over the age of 60.

Neurodegenerative diseases include Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease), Huntington’s, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and diabetic encephalopathy.

All these disorders are caused by dysfunction in brain cells called neurons. When enough neurons fail, basic activities that you take for granted – things like walking, talking, swallowing, even remembering – become challenging.

Symptoms of these disorders are life altering and irreversible. No wonder these are some of the most dreaded diseases, second only to cancer, in my experience.

There is no cure for any of the neurodegenerative diseases and very little in the way of treatment. Right now, no one even knows precisely what causes the brain’s neurons to die or malfunction.

Inflammation is one suspect, and protein clusters are another.

We do have remedies to help treat inflammation and to minimize and even destroy damaging plaque clusters. But the blood-brain barrier, a protective shield covering your gray matter, won’t let most substances through.

Fortunately, there is a solution. With one simple supplement, you can reduce inflammation, reduce dangerous clumps of plaque, and even grow brand new brain neurons to replace the ones that are diseased.

You know the saying, “If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is”? Generally, I agree. But curcumin truly is an exception to that rule.

In study after study, curcumin keeps proving its worth. Not only does it combat damaging free radicals, protect the kidneys and liver, ease depression and arthritis pain, and improve heart health, but curcumin also fights debilitating disorders, like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and similar conditions.

  • Knowing that people who take anti-inflammatory drugs have fewer cases of Alzheimer’s, researchers tested curcumin’s ability to fight inflammation in the brain. They concluded that curcumin definitely had potential for Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment;
  • After lab animals took curcumin for only one month, researchers found that it “remarkably restored” functions in their brain arteries, while reducing production of damaging free radicals;
  • Two non-human studies found that curcumin provided “potent” protection from Parkinson’s;
  • Finally, a very exciting animal study from India found that curcumin actually sparked the growth of new nerve cells in the brain. This is huge news!  In essence, curcumin makes it possible for the brain to repair itself. And in the study, those new nerve cells actually reversed the animals’ learning and memory problems!

There are hundreds of other studies showing that curcumin is effective at easing sore joints, calming inflammation, and protecting you from cellular damage that leads to cancer.

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Chronic Inflammation Decoded

This is why curcumin is at the top of my list of supplement recommendations. But there’s one more thing you need to know to get the most from those supplements.

David’s wife, Claire, brought him to my clinic because she thought the statins he was taking for high cholesterol were affecting his memory. His physician wanted to screen him for Alzheimer’s disease. But the memory problems had only started after he’d been taking statins for a few months, so Claire, a retired nurse, suspected a link between the two.

I recommended trying the natural statin substitute red yeast rice in place of the statins. But I also encouraged Claire to give David curcumin.

“We both tried that,” she said. “It didn’t do a thing for either of us.”

I looked up the brand of curcumin Claire said they had tried and discovered the problem right away.

“Curcumin is very hard for your digestive system to absorb unless you get a product that’s been enhanced to make it easier for your body to use,” I explained. “The right type of supplement could be as much as eight times more absorbable. And that is going to make a huge difference in how you move, how you think, and how you feel!”

So Claire and David left with the type of curcumin I suggested. Six months later, when they returned, David’s cholesterol wasn’t the only thing that had improved.

“You were so right when you said curcumin could make a huge difference in how we feel,” Claire said.

“My memory is so much better,” added David. “Actually, everything is better, including my digestion. That’s some great stuff, the kind of thing we like to tell our friends about, so they can feel good, too.”

That was several years ago, and Claire and David are still going strong and still using natural methods instead of prescription drugs.

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