Tumeric improves the memory of people who are in the early stages of diabetes and risk cognitive impairment. A study conducted in Taiwan has confirmed the positive health benefits of Tumeric with just one gram a day acting as an early intervention method.
The research participants consisted of a working memory of men and women aged 60 or older who had been diagnosed with untreated pre-diabetes. Subjects were provided with one gram of tumeric in conjunction with a bland breakfast.Their working memory was tested before and after the meal.
“Working memory is widely thought to be one of the most important mental faculties, critical for cognitive abilities such as planning, problem solving and reasoning,” Professor Wahlqvist one of the lead study authors said.
“We found that this modest addition to breakfast improved working memory over six hours in older people with pre-diabetes,” Professor Wahlqvist said.
The research findings confirms existing research which reduces the risk of dementia. “Our findings with turmeric are consistent with these observations, insofar as they appear to influence cognitive function where there is disordered energy metabolism and insulin resistance,” said Professor Wahlqvist.
Meei-Shyuan Lee, Mark L Wahlqvist, Yu-Ching Chou, Wen-Hui Fang, Jiunn-Tay Lee, Jen-Chun Kuan, Hsiao-Yu Liu, Ting-Mei Lu, Lili Xiu, Chih-Cheng Hsu, Zane B Andrews, Wen-Harn Pan. Turmeric improves post-prandial working memory in pre-diabetes independent of insulin. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr., 2014;23 DOI: 10.6133/apjcn.2014.23.4.24