The position that spices have a special healing power is not at all new. Ginger relieves nausea, cumin relieves digestive problems. What about turmeric? It is known for its properties that can improve memory. Researchers in Australia and Taiwan have found that even one gram of turmeric in the morning has a positive effect on memory.
Turmeric is popular in Asian countries. It is a distinctive part of Indian and Central Asian culinary: the bright yellow food coloring adds a special flavor to the spice mixtures and dishes. In addition, turmeric helps keep foods safe.
The history of turmeric dates back to the first century in ancient Greece. The Arabs brought it to Europe at one time. And after 4 centuries the inhabitants of China learned about it.
Turmeric improves working memory performance
Forgotten something that needs to be done right now? Working memory is to blame. It stores information, allows you to remember new knowledge and solves complex problems. Researchers from Monash University in Australia have shown in a unique experiment that even one gram of turmeric can optimize working memory for up to six hours. Especially in people with a predisposition to diabetes, with the so-called prediabetes, and the elderly. Cognitive function is improved in people with impaired energy metabolism, and insulin resistance is improved. Reason: the presence of the substance curcumin, which gives an intense yellow color and is the basic substance that heals the body.
Turmeric also helps with cancer and depression
Further research has determined that turmeric may help relieve cancer. The harsh spice yellow dye can prevent the formation of metastases, and inhibit the growth of existing cancer cells. Even for depression, turmeric can help. Scientists from the State Medical College in Bhavnagar, India are currently working on this issue. Their research concludes that turmeric works better than fluoxetine, the classic antidepressant.