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Food Additive Boosts Memory By 28%, Research Finds

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Food Additive Boosts Memory By 28%, Research Finds

Source: PsyBlog

Food Additive Boosts Memory By 28%, Research FindsMemory improved 28% over the 18 months of the study.

Curcumin — a key ingredient of Indian curries — boosts mood and memory, new research finds.

Curcumin is found in turmeric, which helps give curry its distinctive colour.

Scientists have wondered if curcumin could explain why older people in India — where curcumin is a dietary staple — have lower levels of Alzheimer’s.

Participants in the study were given a curcumin supplement and followed over 18 months.

The people in the study were all between 50 and 90 years old and all had mild memory problems.

They received either a placebo or 90mg of curcumin twice a day for 18 months.

The results showed that people taking curcumin saw significant improvements in memory (28% better) and attention.

They also felt small improvements in mood.

There were no changes in the placebo group.

Professor Gary Small, the study’s first author, said:

Exactly how curcumin exerts its effects is not certain, but it may be due to its ability to reduce brain inflammation, which has been linked to both Alzheimer’s disease and major depression.

Four people in the study suffered side effects of abdominal pain and nausea, although two were taking the placebo in any case.

Professor Small said:

These results suggest that taking this relatively safe form of curcumin could provide meaningful cognitive benefits over the years.”

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Ancient Practices Beat Modern Ones For Preventing Pre-Alzheimer’s Memory Loss

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2 Ancient Practices Beat Modern Ones For Preventing Pre-Alzheimer’s Memory Loss

Source: PsyBlog

Elderly couple stretchingStudy included over-55ers who had simple memory problems like forgetting names and appointments.

Meditation and yoga are more effective than memory games or crosswords for fighting memory problems linked to Alzheimer’s, new research finds.

Researchers compared two groups of people aged over 55 who reported memory problems like losing things, forgetting names and appointments.

One group were given crosswords and memory training to do over 12 weeks.

The other group did both yoga and meditation for an equivalent amount of time.

Professor Helen Lavretsky, one of the study’s authors, explained the results:

 “Memory training was comparable to yoga with meditation in terms of improving memory, but yoga provided a broader benefit than memory training because it also helped with mood, anxiety and coping skills.”

Both groups did one hour per week of their respective tasks.

Kundalini yoga was the type practiced in classes.

It involves focusing on breathing, chanting as well as the visualisation of light.

At home, people in the yoga group practiced 20 minutes of Kirtan Kriya meditation, which is a part of Kundalini yoga.

This type of yoga and meditation has been used in India for hundreds of years.

The researchers found that memory improvements were similar across both the groups.

However, people who did yoga and meditation had better visuo-spatial memory: the type used for navigating and recalling locations.

Yoga and meditation also had better results in reducing depression and anxiety.

It helped people develop higher levels of resilience and increased their ability to cope.

Brain scans showed significant differences in brain function in the yoga meditation group which were not seen in the others.

Mr Harris Eyre, the study’s first author, said:

“Historically and anecdotally, yoga has been thought to be beneficial in aging well, but this is the scientific demonstration of that benefit.

We’re converting historical wisdom into the high level of evidence required for doctors to recommend therapy to their patients.”

Professor Lavretsky concluded:

“If you or your relatives are trying to improve your memory or offset the risk for developing memory loss or dementia, a regular practice of yoga and meditation could be a simple, safe and low-cost solution to improving your brain fitness.”

The study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (Harris et al., 2016).