A highly bioavailable curcumin extract improves neurocognitive function and mood in healthy older people- A 12-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
A recent study has revealed the neurocognitive benefits of curcumin, a flavonoid isolated from turmeric. Curcumin extract was given to a cohort of healthy, aged individuals over a 12-week period. At the end of that period improved working memory, as well as reduced fatigue and stress reactivity, were all recorded effects. A preceding study recorded similar effects from curcumin extract that were seen at 4 weeks, suggesting that the supplement works quickly and maintains effectiveness. The extract, also known as LongvidaTM, improves overall hippocampal function and may prevent cognitive decline in aging individuals.
The desire to prevent neurocognitive decline is evergrowing as individuals continue to be plagued by diagnoses of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and numerous other neurocognitive diseases associated with aging. Compounds found in cannabis plants, various cannabinoids, flavonoids similar to curcumin, and terpenes, have been found to have neuroprotective effects. If preventative measures can be found to delay or completely eradicate neurodegenerative diseases it would lessen the economic burden posed by such patients, ease the lives of caretakers, and allow patients for freedom and a better quality of life. Further research should continue to focus on this line of work.
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