High Bioavailability Curcumin Shown To Improve Working Memory
Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. A new study has found that high bioavailability curcumin may help improve working memory and reduce fatigue in mature adults.
Eighty participants with an average age of 68 participated in the
study. They were given 80 mg of curcumin or a placebo daily for 12 weeks. The
researchers measured cognitive performance focusing on memory processes at
baseline, 4 weeks, and 12 weeks. They also measured fatigue using the Profile
of Mood States.
Participants who took the curcumin had significantly better
working memory performance after 12 weeks of supplementation, compared to those
who took the placebo. They also performed significantly better on a pattern separation
task. At the 12th week of assessment, the curcumin group scored an average of
60 in a learning probe test, compared to a score of 45 in the placebo group. In
addition, the curcumin group had significantly lower fatigue scores at 4 weeks
and 12 weeks.
The study was conducted by researchers from Swinburne University.
It was published on June 13, 2019 in the journal Current
Developments in Nutrition.