A new study has found that, adding just one gram of turmeric to your breakfast could help to improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment.
Cognitive impairment is when a person has trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions that affect their everyday life. Cognitive impairment develops with pre-diabetes and dementia and is a complication of diabetes.
A study done by Prof Mark L Wahlqvist and his team of Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia revealed that a pinch of Turmeric can influence the short term memory of people in the elderly ages.
A total of 48 participants from aged 60 years or older with newly diagnosed untreated pre-diabetes were recruited from a health check-up program. The participants had no history of medication usage for diabetes, no severe chronic disease and no recent acute illness or hospitalisation in the preceding two months. The Study was done in Taiwan.
The participants were asked to fast overnight and and a gram of turmeric is given to them along with breakfast in the form of capsule. Working memory of the participants were tested few hours after the breakfast.
Short-term mental storage and manipulation operations are collectively called working memory. WM is widely thought to be one of the most important mental faculties, critical for cognitive abilities such as planning, problem solving, and reasoning and is used in many cognitive and neuroscience research laboratories.
Participants were presented serially with a random order for the ten digits and asked to recall one digit by its order. Each participant performed the WM test twice, pre-test before the meal and post-test 6 hours later.
The findings revealed that the participants could memorize more after the consumption of Turmeric.
Our findings may be relevant in the longer term, in diabetes, in those vulnerable to diabetes, and in others with cognitive impairment, although those possibilities need evaluation in their own right. ” says Wahlqvist.
The study was published in Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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