Turmeric is often deemed as some kind of ‘miracle’ spice, which is reinforced by more than 600 confirmed benefits which have been found through experimentation and thorough testing.
This fact is largely attributed to curcumin as the primary source of this, but did you know the whole turmeric could actually help with brain regeneration?
Aromatic-turmerone is a fat-soluble component of turmeric which has been tested on adult rats and for its effects on neural stem cells. Their findings in the petri dish were that the neural stem cells (NSCs) increased in number by up to 80% when they were exposed to ar-turmerone, which signified that there was a dramatic healing effect taking place.
When this was administered to rats, the subjects began forming healthy new brain cells in the subventricular zone and the hippocampus – which is the area of the brain where new neurons are formed. They also noticed an increase in size in both of these areas.
Alone, aromatic-turmerone is a powerful re-generator which is known to aid NSCs in brain development, and could eventually lead to aiding degenerative diseases like stroke’s or Alzheimer’s.
The biggest draw of aromatic-turmerone in the brain is that rather than just promoting stem cell proliferation, it also separates stem cells into neurons, which is a major objective of the existing types of regenerative medicine.
Scientists also discovered that curcumin can help to improve the memory of Alzheimer’s patients. Although, the research sourced in this article is comprised of studies where scientists have conducted their tests on rats as opposed to the human brain, yet the information is nonetheless transferable.
So What Does This Mean Exactly?
Some of these remedies are only supported by initial studies with either a non-human subject like rats or mice or a small group of human subjects.
While scientists investigate further into supporting these remedies, you can talk with your health professional regarding the use of one or possibly even several of these natural options as an alternative to higher risk, pharmaceutical-orientated methods.
However, this is not to say that you should disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking treatment because of something you have read here. Many of these tricks have been passed down from generation to generation, and continue to be based on many success stories after using these forms of treatment.
Many people think that using a curcumin extract on its own is enough to reap the benefits, but using the whole turmeric offers a range of therapeutic compounds they might miss out on.
For instance, for colonic inflammation or polyps, it is better to use the whole plant over an extract because the extract can likely be absorbed by the small intestine before ever getting to the large intestine where it’s needed most.
The effects of the brain using aromatic-turmerone are still relatively new and fairly unknown, but this recent study proves that there is definitely a regenerative factor contained in this remedy. So go ahead, add a pinch to your smoothie or curry next time and you’ll thank yourself for it in the future!
Healing plants are often composed of hundreds of beneficial compounds, so it would be wrong to assume that one in particular is responsible for all the healing powers.
Although curcumin and aromatic-turmerone have been found to have substantial positive benefits to the body and mind, using turmeric in its whole, raw state will surely bring around the best healing statistics and success rates.
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