Curcumin is a naturally occurring pigment found in Turmeric, a plant historically used as a dye, spice, and a medicine in Ayurvedic, Siddha and Unani systems for the purpose of healing and in cosmetic preparations., The Turmeric plant is native to the warmer climates of southeast Asian, India, and China. Curcumin been in use for an estimated 5,000 years, but was officially discovered and named roughly two centuries ago.
While Curcumin has historically been considered for its many health benefits– stimulating digestion, fighting autoimmunity, and acting as an antioxidant – research also suggests that it possesses a slew of potential benefits for learning, memory, and mood affect. Several studies indicate that Curcumin upregulates DHA– an omega 3 fatty acid thought to improve memory – in both liver and brain tissues. In mice model research, Curcumin was asserted to significantly increase the rate of both newly generated cells and neurotrophins within hippocampus, both of which are understood to directly enhance learning and memory. In other studies, these aforementioned mechanisms produced relieving effects in chronically stressed mice models by attenuating cortisol levels. With its potential for various cognitive and physiological benefits, it’s no wonder why Curcumin continues to serve as a fixture to both alternative medicines and new age dietary trends alike.
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