Curcumin May Improve Cognition and Mood in Mature Adults
Memory, attention, and energy all start to decline as we get older. A recent study suggests that taking curcumin supplements may improve attention, fatigue, and working memory in mature adults.
Participants in the study included 60 healthy people between the ages of 60 and 85 who were given either 80 mg of curcumin or a placebo every day for four weeks. One hour after taking the supplements, the researchers tested attention and working memory and found that the curcumin group showed improvements in both.
Working memory and fatigue were also improved in the curcumin group following four weeks of supplementation. The curcumin group experienced an average 1.82% decrease in fatigue following a mental challenge, while the placebo group had a 17% increase in fatigue. Additionally, measures of calmness and contentedness were higher in the curcumin group.
Researchers from the University of Melbourne conducted the study. It was published on October 2, 2014, in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.
Curcumin has been used in folk remedies for years to ease menstrual cramping, help heal wounds, and to improve the appearance of skin. Recent studies have suggested that it may also protect against prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and arthritis. All of these benefits are attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin.