Here Is How Your Brain Physically Changes When You Eat Whole Turmeric
Turmeric, the “golden spice” has already been proven as very effective in fighting many diseases. Although these healing properties are usually connected with its well known compound- curcumin, there’s another compound which offers many health benefits too.
That compound is aromatic- turmerone or ar-turmerone. Ar-turmerone is fat- soluble compound found in turmeric. Recently, studies have shown that ar-turmerone is the compound that has positive effects in brain regeneration.
Recovery and Self-Repair of Brain Function
According to a study published in the journal Stem Cell Research & Therapy, scientists from the Institute and Medicine at the Research Centre Juelich in Germany studied the impact that another compound of the turmeric has on neural cells by injecting the compound into rat’s brains.
According to the study, ar-turmerone induces neural stem cell (NSC) proliferation. By promoting endogenous NSC, which are stem cells found in adult brains and which differentiate into neurons, ar-turmerone can be very important in the self-repairing process and recovery of brain function in neurodegenerative diseases.
Neural Stem Cells Produce Neurons
Researchers studied the effects of ar-turmerone on NSC proliferation and differentiation both in vivo and in vitro.
They put rat fetal NSC in six different concentrations of ar-turmerone for over 72 hours. At some concentrations, ar-turmerone was shown to increase NSC proliferation by up to 80% without any impact on cell-death. The cell differentiation process also happened faster at those cells which were treated with ar-turmerone than at those who weren’t.