US researchers have isolated a compound in turmeric - commonly used in the UK's national dish chicken tikka masala and other more deadly curry concoctions - which "may help stimulate immune system cells that gobble up the brain-clogging proteins that mark Alzheimer's disease", Reuters reports. Dr Milan Fiala of the University …
What did I eat last night?
I guess I'll have to find a new excuse for why I can't remember last nights curry then!
What about me?
I wonder if it is still effective if I eat a nice and strong Madras or Vindaloo while not being British or even remotely Eastern?
12-24 hour "aftermath" memory.
If the indicator of reduced symptoms was simply "What did you eat for dinner last night?" then the results may have been less to do with curcuminoids and more to do with digestive discomfort. ;-)
i.e. Even the most confused of alzheimer sufferers might assume an answer of "curry" if they're backfiring like a G-reg Skoda.
And Grapefruit gives you breast cancer, just because something in natural doesn't make it better or worse than any drug. Which is what this isolated compound will become. Infact it also showed very bad interactions with other drugs or very good interactions in some cases, depending on the result.
This is great news that they have new proof of helping Alzheimers patients, but just like anything else including Super Foods, Herbal Remedies and other amulet methods of protection it will be reported with no understanding by the rest of the media. To rant some more, you can be fat and fit, alcohol isnt good for you, smoking before 30 doesn't give you cancer.
Scientific American Feb 2007
This Scientific American article from Feb 2007 explains that tumeric etc has many medical possibilities...
If that's the case.
Let's see the statistics of the Indians suffering from the disease compared to other countries who don't consume curry something of a normal diet.
If curry gives you the Delhi Belly, don't worry, smoking will afford you the same protection against Alzheimers in proven form. That's the real story here folks.
"But before you set out a platter of steaming phal in front of grandad,..."
Thanks for the laugh. I needed that...
This is decidedly old news
When my father was dying from Alzheimer's five years ago I did enough research to turn up the connection between curcumin and reduced risk of Alzheimer's without much trouble and that was 2001- 2002 mind you.
For the bloke that wanted the incidence statistics go to:
There might well be more current data - I recall reading the University of California published some newer data in 2005, but don't have the URL.
Note the date on the first article - 2001 - hardly new information. This has been written about for some 5-6 years in medical press - I wonder why it's being presented as news today?
Definitely old news
Despite the fact turmeric is a very obtainable spice, for many years it has been heavily marked-up and sold by supplement companies as a 'cure' for the disease.
The bloke responds. //@Geoff Gale
Thanks for the statistical links dude.
For those who want to indulge in curry now. Do take note that some chef's practice using coconut milk to 'thicken' the taste of curry.
Watch your cholesterol levels :)
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