An early German study on rats suggests that the spice turmeric may have a potential role in helping the brain’s ability to repair and regenerate itself. The study in question involved laboratory animal research to investigate the effect of a turmeric extract (aromatic turmerone) on neural stem cells (NSCs). It was found that aromatic-turmerone (found naturally in turmeric) stimulates nerve cell growth and could have a role in repair after damage or disease. This compound may (potentially, one day) have a role in the future development of drugs for strokes and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Mundasad, S. (2014). Brain repair ‘may be boosted by curry spice’. London: BBC Health News, September 26th 2014.
This relates to:
Hucklenbroich, K. Klein, R. [and] Neumaier, B. [et al] (2014). Aromatic-turmerone induces neural stem cell proliferation in vitro and in vivo. Stem Cell Research and Therapy. September 26th 2014. [Epub ahead of print].
Note: The following NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical appraisal places this research in context and offers a sense of perspective:
Could curry spice boost brain cell repair?. London: NHS Choices Behind the Headlines, September 26th 2014.