Curcumin, the key chemical in turmeric, has been shown to possess very powerful health-promoting properties. Recent research has even found that curcumin can even prolong lives of fruit flies by 75 percent. While the research was done on insects, it highlights the life-promoting aspects of this powerful substance — along with mountains of other scientific research. The findings also shed light on how curcumin can slow the development of Alzheimer’s and dementia. This research provides a potential explanation of why rates of dementia are less common among the elderly in India, where turmeric is widely used in the production of spices.
Curcumin Shown to Cause Fruit Flies to Live 75 Percent Longer
A protein known as amyloid plaques has previously been shown to lead to Alzheimer’s. While curcumin has not been found to dissolve the damaging plaque, it does accelerate nerve fiber formation by reducing the amount of oligomers, which are thought to be harmful to the nerve cells.