Alzheimer's disease often begins with what appears to be simple forgetfulness, but it wreaks much more havoc over time, destroying speech, comprehension, and coordination and causing restlessness and dramatic mood swings. One in three people over the age of 80 will be its victim, and most of us sit back and hope we won't be one of them. The right diet may delay the onset of the disease or lower your risk by as much as 40%. So, isn't a diet change worth it?
Cooks in India and other countries use curry abundantly, and the incidence of Alzheimer's is lower in these places than in many Western nations. Curry could be one of the reasons. A prime ingredient in curry powder is turmeric, which contains curcumin (which gives curry its yellow color).
Studies have shown that people who consumed the highest amounts of curried foods actually have better brain performance. Autopsies on the brains of Alzheimer's patients have revealed thick clumps of a protein called amyloid. In lab and animal studies, researchers have found that curcumin is a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-amyloid compound. It binds to amyloid proteins and prevents them from grouping together to form plaque, so it may be that curcumin offers a triple blow to Alzheimer's disease.