Turmeric / Curcumin in Curry Helps Fight Dementia? (NHS Choices)


The Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph reported that eating a curry weekly could help to “stave off dementia”. Researchers tested the effects of curcumin (found in turmeric) on fruit flies  (Drosophila melanogaster) genetically engineered to have a model of Alzheimer’s Disease. They found it improved the lifespan and activity in some of these flies (while others died more quickly).

Note: This animal research is at an early stage and cannot be taken as a firm indication that eating a weekly curry would prevent Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias in humans. The newspaper headlines, while attention grabbing, are not properly representative of the actual research.

Full Text Link (a)


Does a daily dose of dhal dispel dementia? London: NHS Choices, February 16th 2012.

Full Text Link (b)


Caesar, I. Jonson, M. [and] Nilsson, KP. [et al] (2012). Curcumin promotes A-beta fibrillation and reduces neurotoxicity in transgenic drosophila. PloS One (Public Library of Science One), February 13th 2012, Vol.7(2), Epub e31424. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

About Dementia and Elderly Care News

Dementia and Elderly Care News. Wolverhampton Medical Institute: WMI. (jh)
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