• Adding This to Breakfast: Six Hours Of Increased Memory

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    turmericcoulAdding just one gram of turmeric to breakfast could help improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment. The finding has particular significance given that the world’s ageing population means a rising incidence of conditions that predispose people to diabetes, which in turn is connected to dementia.

    Researchers from Monash Asia Institute at Monash University found that you can spice up your memory and help with diabetic and prediabetic conditions with a tiny amount of a powdery substance that might be in your cabinet as we speak.

    This substance can be added to scrambled egg recipes…

    Can make porridge and oatmeal pop when something sweet is added.

    Mixed into pancake batters.

    Sprinkled atop some waffles and blended with maple.

    Mixed with leftovers…

    Or in the case of this study, placed on plain ol' boring toast.

    And of course, it doesn't have to be for breakfast… Have you guessed what it is yet?

    Researchers for the study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that adding just one gram (about 1/4  to 1/3 teaspoon) of turmeric to breakfast could help improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment.

    Cognitive impairment …

    Working memory is widely thought to be one of the most important mental faculties, critical for cognitive abilities such as planning, problem solving and reasoning.

    Assessment of working memory is simple and convenient, but it is also very useful in the appraisal of cognition and in predicting future impairment and dementia.

    In the placebo-controlled study, subjects were given one gram (about 1/4 to 1/3 teaspoon) of turmeric with an otherwise nutritionally bland breakfast of white bread. Their working memory was tested before and some hours after the meal.

    From Wahlqvist:

    We found that this modest addition to breakfast improved working memory over six hours in older people with pre-diabetes

    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.

    Part of the reason turmeric is known to help with diabetes is the very fact that it can lower blood sugar. This means that if you have hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, thyroid problems that mess with blood sugar, and blood pressure problems you should consult with your preferred healthcare practitioner first. It is also naturally a blood thinner!

    Turmeric is potent for the ability of such small amounts to create tangible change in the body, including pain relief. Please get yours inexpensively in bulk at the healthfood store, but yes, you can find the spice online too, cheaper in bulk. Look for organic and non-irradiated for best benefits.

    Turmeric is widely used in cooking, particularly in Asia. Its characteristic yellow colour is due to curcumin, which accounts for 3 to 6 per cent of turmeric and has been shown by experimental studies to reduce the risk of dementia.

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