Recent studies on a key compound in Indian spice turmeric show encouraging results for brain health. Specifically, the studies examine turmeric’s impact on neutral stem cells (NSC) in rats, potentially opening the door to trials on humans in the future. The results show turmeric promoting up to 80% growth in NSC count, which could promote both neuron growth as well as prevent inflammation in the brain. If replicated in humans, these factors could help in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases.
Lead author of the study, Adele Rueger, said: “While several substances have been described to promote stem cell proliferation in the brain, fewer drugs additionally promote the differentiation of stem cells into neurons, which constitutes a major goal in regenerative medicine. Our findings on aromatic turmerone take us one step closer to achieving this goal.”
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