Turmeric helps improve memory along with the capability of lowering the chances of Alzheimer’s disease and mood in the people suffering from slight or age-related memory loss, according to the new study findings disclosed in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Researchers associated to the published study have explored the impacts of an easily absorbing curcumin supplement on the memory behavior in case of people without dementia. The research team also examined the potential effects of curcumin on the microscopic tangles and plaques in the brains of Alzheimer victims.


Curcumin is naturally found in turmeric, which earlier has proven to be consisting antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in laboratory tests. The study also shows a potential reason behind the lower prevalence of better cognitive performance and Alzheimer’s disease to be found in senior Indian citizens, as the turmeric is most commonly used in Indian cuisines.

Gary Small, professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the US, said in a statement that, “Exactly how curcumin exerts its effects is not certain, but it may be due to its ability to reduce brain inflammation, which has been linked to both Alzheimer’s disease and major depression. These results suggest that taking this relatively safe form of curcumin could provide meaningful cognitive benefits over the years.”

Researchers followed 40 adults aged from 50 to 90 years having complaints of mild memory. The participants were assigned randomly to get either placebo or 90 milligrams of curcumin twice a day for a course of 18 months.