By Amy Morris

5 Spices That Can Help Alzheimer’s Disease


Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Dementia means a person is suffering symptoms including memory loss, confusion, mood changes and difficulty with day-to-day tasks.

Here are 5 spices that can help those currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, or could help prevent the disease developing in those individuals with a family history of the disease.

1. Curcumin

Traditionally an Indian spice that is gaining more and more popularity due to the many health promoting effects it offers.

On this occasion the yellow pigment that gives curcumin its distinct colour, has exhibited a unique charge and bonding characteristics that can facilitate penetration into the blood brain barrier.

This is exceptional news for Alzheirmer’s sufferers as Alzheimer’s disease is caused by abeta accumulation in the brain cells combined with oxidative stress and inflammation.

And consistent with recent experimental work that has been published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry 2004, this study shows that the curcumin pigment has a binding ability to abeta both in vivo and in vitro, and it is shown that curcumin posseses suitable charge and bonding features to facilitate this binding to abeta.

2. Thai Black Pepper

Over recent years, many plants have been found to possess medicinal qualities, including many being rich in antioxidants.

Anti-oxidants are vital to protect a person against cognitive deficit conditions including Alzheimer’s disease and so a person living with Alzheimer’s should be trying to increase their daily intake of anti-oxidants.

Piperine, the main alkaloid of Thai black pepper that is rich in antioxidants, has been found to protect against neurodegeneration and cognitive impairment in animal model of cognitive deficit like condition of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a published report in the Food and Chemical Toxicology: an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association.

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Amy Morris