Turmeric could improve memory in people with prediabetes

Adding a gram of turmeric to your breakfast may help prevent the memory impairment that can occur in the early stages of diabetes, according to a new study from Monash University.

A study in Taiwan that included men and women over the age of 60 found that subjects who were given one gram of turmeric with a bland breakfast (a piece of white bread) showed better cognitive functioning.

"We found that this modest addition to breakfast improved working memory over six hours in older people with pre-diabetes," said Professor Mark Wahlqvist.

Helpful for dementia

Turmeric is a spice that is used widely in Asian dishes. The compound of curcumin, which makes turmeric yellow, has been linked to reduced dementia risk.

"Our findings with turmeric are consistent with these observations, insofar as they appear to influence cognitive function where there is disordered energy metabolism and insulin resistance," Wahlqvist said.

Working memory is one of the most important mental faculties, he said, and it can be used to predict future impairments or problems that sometimes occur in diabetic patients.

Source: Monash University

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