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Beyond the Research: New Study Shows Daily Curcumin Supplementation Can Improve Memory and Attention (by 28%!)

By Dennis Buckley

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Curcumin has been used for thousands of years for its ability to boost immunity and overall health, not to mention its vibrant golden color. It's main therapeutic benefit comes as an anti-inflammatory, and in this way, curcumin has gained a glowing reputation as an effective medicinal remedy. While the myriad benefits of adding a curcumin supplement to your health regimen are well established, a recent study revealed the effects of daily curcumin supplementation on memory and attention in healthy elderly people. [1] The results, as you're about to read, underscore that plants can in fact support a better brain during the aging process.

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Curcumin: Nature's Answer To Age-Related Memory Loss?

The recent clinical trial at hand has shed light on the link between cognitive function and curcumin supplementation. The new study, published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry came as overwhelmingly positive news for aging adults. Even for those subjects without age-related cognitive decline (memory loss), positive changes were seen not only in mental functions, but also in the health of brain cells during this trial.

Researchers at UCLA included 40 subjects, ages 50-90 years who had normal brain function consistent with their respective age bracket. [2

  • Group 1 was instructed to take 90 mg of curcumin twice-daily

  • Group 2 was given a placebo.

  • Both groups were compared to a control group and groups were double-blinded, meaning neither the researchers nor the participants in the study knew whether they were given curcumin or placebo.

At the beginning of the study, all of the participants were tested with a questionnaire to develop a score based on their mood and depression. In addition, they were given brain scans by the research team in order to objectively evaluate their cognitive status and rule out risk factors for degenerative illness.

To be included in the study, all participants must not exhibit signs or symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of neurodegenerative ailments.

During the 18-month study, the research team evaluated participants on their memory, cognition and mood. They also were given another brain scan every six months. And during the entire process, even the research team didn’t know which people had taken the curcumin supplements and who took the placebo because it was a double-blind study.

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The Results: Curcumin’s Effect on Memory function

Results of the 18-month study revealed that participants who took curcumin supplements had significantly better memory than those who didn’t.

For those who took a curcumin supplement twice-daily, improvements in memory function were seen – by 28% [3]

What’s more, the study test scores showed that on average participants in the curcumin group had lower depression scores over the course of the 18 months. Within the control group, among participants who did not take the supplements there were little to no changes in either category.

Interestingly, this new study also showed the brain scans of participants had less accumulation of two markers of Alzheimer’s.

  • Amyloid ("brain gunk")
  • Tau (“tangles”)

These devastating deposits are 2 primary signs of neurodegenerative illness, commonly found in the amygdala and hypothalamus – areas of the brain that are vital to essential mental functions including mood, memory, decision-making and emotion.

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How Does Curcumin Work to Boost Brainpower?

Lead researcher of the UCLA team Gary Small said, “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.”

While there is conflicting evidence about the benefits of curcumin, this new research supports the idea that supplementation of turmeric extract may help to break down amyloid plaque that commonly affects the brain of Alzheimer’s sufferers.

Is a Curcumin Supplement Right for Me?

It’s important to know that the curcumin supplement used in this study was designed with superior bioavailability compared to conventional curcumin supplements sold in stores. This is similar to the formula of Liquid Curcumin - a highly potent form of curcumin extract in organic coconut oil. Formulated with 100 mg of active curcumin in every serving, Liquid Curcumin is as effective as 10X the amount of curucmin powder, even from a standardized extract.

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What is a 'Micelle'?

What makes Liquid Curcumin different from other curcumin supplements is the unique micelle structure of the active compounds. Wait … “What’s a micelle?” The term is used to describe a special type of fat molecule able to maintain a circular shape within a liquid. Due to its water-loving nature a micelle is ideal for cucumin - a compound known to be potent but difficult to absorb inside the body.

The unique spherical shape of micelles allows for a higher bioavailability of curcumin into every one of your cells.

This an exclusive feature of Liquid Curcumin known as NovaSOL®. Using a proprietary micelle delivery structure, NovaSOL keeps curcumin active inside your bloodstream for up to 24 hours, providing the ultimate natural support for your healthy brain and mental functions. Able to cross the blood-brain barrier, NovaSOL offers an ideal form of bioavailable curcumin for those looking to naturally support the body’s ability to reduce their risk of age-related memory loss and overall cognitive decline.

A Final Note on Curcumin Supplementation

While eating turmeric in traditional foods like curry is delicious, low amounts of dietary sources of the “golden spice” may not be enough to influence positive brain changes. However, a therapeutic dose like that used in this study (90 mg twice-daily) may help boost your brain functions and your good mood.

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Could curcumin supplements be the key to reducing your risk of cognitive decline? Talk to your doctor about adding one to your daily regimen today to find out for yourself!

 

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