Could Something as Simple as Turmeric Help Reverse Dementia?

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Would you like to improve your brain health just by eating? Try putting turmeric in your food and you just might!

And even more amazing to consider: Could turmeric actually be a treatment for dementia?

Jim and Jane 4 years ago

Of course, that sounds too wonderful to ever be true. But the evidence is mounting that one of the health benefits of turmeric is that it protects your brain from the onslaught of Alzheimer’s disease. In some documented cases, it has reversed signs of dementia.

What we do know for sure is that there is a significantly lower rate of Alzheimer’s disease among Asian populations that have diets high in turmeric. Although it’s too early to know the reason for this, it is leading researchers to investigate the connection between brain health and turmeric.

Turmeric is native to southeast India and is a member of the ginger family. The root of the turmeric plant is used as a spice and medicine, either fresh or dried and ground into a powder. Curcuminoids are the chemical components in turmeric that give it its yellow color. And it turns out that curcumin is a fairly powerful anti-inflammatory agent – rivaling even some of the commonly used pharmaceuticals.

So what makes fighting inflammation important? One of the primary indicators of Alzheimer’s disease is chronic inflammation in the brain. Curcumin has been shown to lower inflammation levels and is the natural element in turmeric. As a result of the curcumin, turmeric contains powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and prevent damage to the brain – not only in Alzheimer’s disease but also other brain diseases like Parkinson’s. With the research that is available today, it seems like harnessing the power of turmeric is worth a try.

So how do you add turmeric to your daily diet? The first thing that’s important to know is that turmeric is not soluble in water, only in fats and oils. So it’s best to combine turmeric with healthy oils like coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. One way is to add a half teaspoon of turmeric powder to your vegetables before roasting or baking them – along with a little olive oil and black pepper. (Black pepper seeds increase absorption by as much as 2000 percent.) Turmeric is also a very common ingredient in Indian food – think curry.

But one of our favorite ways is to have a nice warm cup of “Golden Milk.” It can substitute as a dessert and is full of healthy ingredients. Jim absolutely loves Golden Milk, and it will be a great comfort food for both of us in the fall and winter. Below you’ll find the recipe. It was introduced to us by my sister-in-law Jane, who is a health fanatic herself and always up on the latest.

If you go to this link you will hear some interesting case studies on three people who fought dementia by taking turmeric.

In a world that offers little hope for dementia patients, this is an encouraging development. The cost of turmeric is about 15 cents a dose, so what do you have to lose? Not much! And what do you have to gain? That’s an interesting question and one Jim and I will try to get more information about as the cold weather arrives. So go ahead and drink up!

Jane’s Golden Milk

Ingredients:

Turmeric Paste (1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup turmeric powder – stir gently over heat 7-10 minute & let thicken a minute)

2 cups unsweetened coconut milk (canned milk makes a creamier drink)

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp to 1 tbsp turmeric paste

1 tsp chopped ginger, or grated clove – add to cup boiling water (shortcut: organic ginger tea in only ½ cup water and reduce down to ¼ cup)

4-6 crushed peppercorns

Pinch of Stevia

Directions:

Combine all ingredients, then simmer 10 minutes. Strain into mugs and enjoy!

Makes about 2 servings

Note: We use organic spices.

12 Responses

  1. Betty burroughs

    Found this very interesting. Am I correct that turmeric capsules are not as effective as the tumeric organic powder??

    Jim is looking great and is so lucky to have you as his a advocate

    Betty Anne

    • Vicki Hafele

      You are absolutely correct Betty Anne! Since turmeric is not soluble in water (must be oil), there is no effect in pill form. I have read the results from various studies where there was no difference in a placebo and taking the pill form of turmeric. Turmeric has to be given with oil – that is why food is the way to go.

  2. Janette Dorssom

    Hey Vicki,

    I wanted to add that there is some evidence that turmeric could be beneficial in battling some cancers. We are giving it to my mother who is battling Liposarcoma. I was able to find capsules of Tumeric and Black Pepper at Natural Grocers. They sell it under their own store brand and it’s fairly affordable.

    • Vicki Hafele

      Janette – So good to hear from you!! We really miss working with you. Hope you are doing well. And thanks for your comment about turmeric and cancer. It really has many benefits. I would love to catch up if you can and hear how your Mom is doing. (Oh and P.S. about the capsules – remember turmeric is not water soluble. It has to be given with oil for the full benefit.)

  3. Carol Mayer

    Vic Jim looks wonderful. So good to hear all this news. Hope you are doing well also. Love and prayers. Carol and the Fur babies. So happy to be home.

    • Vicki Hafele

      How great to hear from you Carol! Glad you are doing well!! Please note the photo of Jim says 4 years ago. For a current photo of him taken 2 months ago look at the “Where Are We Going Blog”. (I still think he looks awesome!! Still so handsome for almost 79.) Let’s get together soon.

  4. Mona Williams

    Jim does look really good. Your great care shows. You might be interested in a new book “The end of Alzheimer’s” by Dale E. Bredesen, MD. I know this is not the same as Dementia, but in an interview he mentioned his protocol could be used for both diseases. Love the Golden milk recipe. sounds yummy for the cold weather. Praying for you.

    • Vicki Hafele

      Mona – I am reading the book already. You are right. It is very good. Lots of good insights. What he explains is similar to what we do for Jim already with diet. And thanks for your email and prayers. They are both very appreciated!

  5. Sandra Anderson

    Vicki, Allan had a problem with hives a couple of years ago. His face and lips swelled also. We were in Earth Fare one afternoon and talked with an employee who knew quite a bit about supplements. She suggested tumeric — he takes tumeric every day and No More Hives. I would like to take it but have heard if you don’t have a gall bladder you should not use it. Sandi

  6. Charles mack

    I am inspired and I am believing there is some help in your solution for my ALS problem , I am going to try a cup or more of what you are using and mixed with our prayers I believe I will have a positive result , you an Angrk from our lord Vicky you and Jim continue to be a blessing to our lord

    • Vicki Hafele

      Pastor Mack – Yes please do try it! Tumeric has so many benefits. Also the bone broth could be very helpful. God bless you!

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