Dementia refers to symptoms caused by brain disorders. Dementia causes memory loss, inability to think clearly, inability to communicate. It also causes mood and personality changes. A person with dementia may not be able to take care of himself.
Dementia is generally caused when brain cells are destroyed. This may be due to head injuries, Alzheimer's disease, stroke or a brain tumor.
Speaking at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Annual Meeting in Liverpool, Professor Murali Doraiswamy, from the Duke University Medical Center in Carolina, indicated that curcumin, found in the popular curry ingredient tumeric, could help prevent the onset of dementia. The University of California is conducting a clinical trial to test the effects of curcumin on the amyloid plaque proteins that build up in the brain of patients with Alzheimer's disease.
Dr. Susanne Sorensen, Head of Research of Alzheimer's Society stated that "Indian communities that regularly eat curcumin have a surprisingly low incidence of Alzheimer's disease but we don't yet know why. Alzheimer's Society is keen to explore the potential benefits of curcumin in protecting the brain and we are conducting our own research into this area.
Dementia is a devastating condition that robs people of their lives. Unless we act now, one million people will develop dementia in the next ten years. A cheap accessible and safe treatment could transform the quality of life of thousands of people with the condition. With the right investment dementia can be defeated."
Curcumin or Turmeric is available as a pure herb supplement in capsule form from Himalaya Herbals. Read more on Curcumin and its benefits