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Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that leads to problems such as memory loss and more general mental disabilities. The condition is one of the most widespread causes of dementia, responsible for 60 to 70% of dementia cases. It is also the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. with similar statistics in other countries. More than four million Americans are currently suffering from Alzheimer’s and the number will most likely triple by 2050. The effects of this disease are so concerning that the US government recently increased funding for Alzheimer’s disease by more than $100 million dollars.
While the benefits of such research will not be seen for some time, research that has been completed is showing potential benefits from a variety of supplements and foods.
Patients suffering from Alzheimer’s usually have a problem with the cleanup of waste in the brain. The immune system is normally responsible for such cleanup activities, but when it fails, clumps of this waste can accumulate in the brain cells preventing them from functioning normally and even leading to the death of brain cells.
The Benefits Of Turmeric Spice And Vitamin D In Managing Alzheimer’s
To improve the effectiveness of the immune system in cleaning the brain for those with Alzheimer’s, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, had a closer look at the immune stimulation effects of the well-known vitamin D3 mixed with synthetic curcumin, an active ingredient from the turmeric spice. What they found was that the mix of ingredients improved the ability of immune cells to pick up and absorb these waste materials. This is positive, however, research is ongoing to determine who would benefit from such treatment and what dosage would be required.
Cinnamon Protective Benefits Against Alzheimer’s
While turmeric spice has received attention for its numerous health benefits, including its potential against Alzheimer’s, cinnamon may also be beneficial against the disease. A 2013 study from the University of California published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease mentions that two compounds found in cinnamon could prevent the accumulation of waste Tau proteins within brain cells. While the Tau protein is considered a vital component of the brain’s ordinary cell structure, it will accumulate and forms clumps if not removed by the body. Such clumps are better known as the hallmarks for Alzheimer’s.
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