An additional risk of elevated cholesterol levels is the association between Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and high cholesterol. A study at the University of Kuopio in Finland published in 2001 revealed that participants in an extensive health study conducted over a number of years were twice as likely to develop AD if they showed evidence of high cholesterol levels in middle age. Thus, by increasing the good cholesterol and decreasing the bad, as the natural dietary supplement curcumin has been shown to do, greater protection against AD occurs, as well as against stroke and heart disease.
Here’s another exciting link between curcumin and AD prevention: When researchers studied the mortality and disease patterns of people over 65 in India, they discovered that AD strikes only 1% of the over-65 population there versus 10% of Americans. This led to research as to why India has the lowest incidence of AD in the world.
A recent study done at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) seems to have found the answer. It was discovered that the use of curry spices (including turmeric) in much of Indian food benefits more than just the palate. Sally Frautschy, study co-author and associate professor of medicine and neurology at UCLA says, “The study [suggests] that there may be a dietary factor in the Indian diet...one such substance may be curcumin.” Frautschy goes on to say, “We believe curcumin will do three important things: trigger clearance of amyloid (a plaque-like substance that chokes brain cells) already present; reverse oxidative damage contributing to memory loss [and] reduce toxic substances associated with chronic inflammation.” (Research in rats has shown that a daily low dose of curcumin slashed deposits of brain plaque by 50%.) “We suspect that curcumin is enhancing the inflammatory clearance of the toxic amyloid, while blunting chronic inflammation,” says Frautschy.
A good heart health supplement that can help lower cholesterol is curcumin. Curcumin helps relax blood vessels and lower blood pressure naturally, lessening the risk of heart attack in those undergoing steroid treatment. It also reduces the amount of tissue damage suffered during an attack.
Are you currently taking any supplements that contain curcumin?