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Curcumin supplements may provide memory support for people with Alzheimer's disease.

Given its prevalence and severity, Alzheimer's disease – and ongoing research regarding its treatment and prevention – has been covered repeatedly on this blog. Already affecting one in eight elderly Americans, according to the Alzheimer's Association, this degenerative condition is poised to become one of the greatest health issues facing the Baby Boomer generation

To combat this issue, researchers have turned increasingly to natural compounds like curcumin that have long been lauded for their memory support capabilities. In past posts, we've covered various studies indicating that curcumin supplements, either when taken alongside Vitamin D or alone, can potentially block the onset of Alzheimer's disease by obstructing the formation of amyloid beta build up and tau tangles. Now, scientists from Kariya Toyota General Hospital in Japan have published a review regarding the benefits of curcumin for people already suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

The study, which is available on PubMed, involved monitoring the impact of curcumin supplementation on three individuals with the disorder to gauge its effects on behavioral symptoms including "irritability, agitation, anxiety and apathy."

The patients took daily curcumin supplements for three months, and researchers found that many of the behavioral symptoms they previously exhibited had notably lessened in that time. A year onward, the scientists also reported that these participants were better able to recognize family members, indicating that these compounds may act as memory enhancers.

"The present cases suggest a significant improvement of the behavioral symptoms […] with the turmeric treatment, leading to probable benefit of the use of turmeric in individuals with [Alzheimer's disease] with [Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia]," the researchers concluded.

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