Turmeric: The Brain Benefits of An Ancient Spice
Renowned for its nootropic qualities across varying cultures, turmeric is one of the few herbs widely used to treat neurodegenerative diseases such as depression, Alzheimer's and strokes.
Known for its flavourful role in south Asian cuisine, turmeric is more than just a basic ingredient in curry. It has potent antidepressant qualities, enhances your brain's neuroplasticity and is an outstanding anti-inflammatory herb.
A study conducted in 2003 found that those who consumed curry (a key ingredient of which is turmeric) on a regular basis had better cognitive performance compared to those who didn’t eat curry (source).
The primary chemical component in turmeric is a group of compounds known as curcuminoids, which include curcumin. Curcumin works on a molecular level to improve brain function whilst enhancing serotonin and dopamine production. These neurotransmitters control your mood, productivity and creativity.
Curcumin is a protective nootropic, as it's a potent antioxidant that protects your brain from inflammation. This protects the brain from degenerative diseases caused by prolonged inflammation, such as Alzheimer's and dementia.
Turmeric is also used to treat digestive disorders, skin conditions, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, liver function, protect from DNA damage, and treat chest and abdominal pain.
Moral of the story: eat your curry and drink your peak.