Turmeric May Help Regenerate Brain Cells
the MPR take:
Aromatic-turmerone, a major bioactive compound of turmeric (Curcuma longa) and a common ingredient in curry, could help in treating neurodegenerative disease by regenerating endogenous neural stem cells (NSCs). A recent study injected rats with a single intracerebroventricular injection of aromatic-turmerone and endogenous NSCs activity was traced with noninvasive positron emission tomography (PET) imaging and the tracer [18F]-fluoro-L-thymidine ([18F]FLT). The data suggests that aromatic-turmerone promoted neuronal differentiation of NSCs; the NSCs were seen to be mobilized from the subventricular zone (SVZ) and the hippocampus of the adult rats. However, it is not known if these results can be replicated in human trials or if the increased NSC activity could help patients with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
A spice commonly used to make curry could help the brain heal itself by encouraging the growth of nerve cells, according to a new study. Researchers at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine in Julich, Germany found that rats injected with aromatic-turmerone, a compound found naturally in turmeric, showed increased activity in parts of the brain associated with nerve cell growth.
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