Studies keep piling up that point to benefits of compounds in turmeric. If you live in the East, you are familiar with this common yellow spice. It is gaining in popularity in the West, in part due to an increase in the number of Indian restaurants, and also because of media attention given to its proven role in reducing inflammation.
In a recent German study, a compound from turmeric promoted stem cell growth and “differentiation” in the brain. The researchers suggest this opens the door to a potential drug to treat stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. The study looked at the effects of this compound (ar-turmerone) on stem cells found within adult brains, though rats were used in the research. These neural stem cells differentiate into neurons, and play an important role in self-repair and recovery of brain function in neurodegenerative diseases.