Mood, Memory, and Much More
Oh sure, it’ll help you look better naked, but it’ll also keep your brain healthy, help with memory, and boost your crappy mood.
By now, you’ve heard all about curcumin’s science-backed benefits. No? Here’s a short list:
- Controls excess estrogen, boosts testosterone
- Controls cortisol levels
- Improves sexual health (better erections)
- Fights off catabolism (muscle loss) when dieting or not training
- Reduces soreness, acts as a mild pain reliever
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces body fat
- Reduces plaque levels in arteries
- Reduces risk of diabetes
This list just keeps getting longer. Well, let’s add one more thing:
- Improves memory and mood
Researchers gathered up 40 people between the ages of 50 and 90 for this double-blind, placebo-controlled study. These folks had mild issues with memory, but none were suffering from dementia.
Half were given a placebo and half were given a measly 90 milligrams of curcumin twice daily for 18 months. Without getting into the boring details, let’s just say that the researchers did their due diligence and conducted a lot of cognitive assessments, blood tests, and PET scans.
Here’s What They Found
The subjects who took curcumin experienced significant improvements in their memory and attention abilities. Those who received the placebo got nuthin’.
Those taking the little orange capsules improved by 28 percent on the memory tests and even showed mild improvements in mood.
Those subjects also showed significantly less amyloid and tau signals in their brains. That’s a good thing. Beta-amyloid and tau proteins are toxic. People who have Alzheimer’s have faulty blood-brain barriers that prevent the clearing of these tangled proteins. That results in brain inflammation. That’s not good. Curcumin seems to help with this.
How to Use This Info
You’re probably not an old codger yet, but these scientists concluded that taking curcumin daily “could provide meaningful cognitive benefits” for everyone. It could prevent a decline in memory and maybe help reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s.
What to Use
The study above used old-school curcumin, known for its poor bioavailability. It’s cool that they still got some positive results, but they could’ve been even better if they’d used Micellar Curcumin, which has 95 times greater absorbability than the plain stuff. (All the details here.) Bonus: You only need one capsule per day, and this formula doesn’t stain your fingers orange.
- Small GW et al. Memory and Brain Amyloid and Tau Effects of a Bioavailable Form of Curcumin in Non-Demented Adults: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled 18-Month Trial. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2018 Mar;26(3):266-277. PubMed.