Dr Shannon Klekociuk
Turmeric is a plant, the root of which can be dried and used as a spice in food, or in alternative medicine.
The main ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, and curcumin is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties which may help alleviate some of the inflammation that occurs in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s also been suggested that curcumin may help prevent the burden of amyloid protein in the brain, in diseases like Alzheimer’s.
It has also been suggested that curcumin might help prevent the amyloid protein from clustering into plaques in the brain of those with Alzheimer’s Disease. Unfortunately, many of these findings are based on limited animal studies.
Observational data from countries like India have reported a lower incidence of diseases like Alzheimer’s. Some have suggested that this may be due to the relatively high consumption of turmeric. However, it is important to note that differences in life expectancy and the health system may contribute to this finding.
There is no evidence to date that suggests that consuming turmeric will be beneficial for either reducing your dementia risk or treating diseases like Alzheimer’s.