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Spice Nixes Pain, Inflammation, Brain Disease | Care2 Healthy Living

Spice Nixes Pain, Inflammation, Brain Disease | Care2 Healthy Living

If you’ve ever eaten an Indian curry, you’re probably familiar with turmeric. It is the yellowish spice commonly used in Indian cuisine. While it adds delicious flavor to your meals, it also offers many benefits to your health. Curcumin, the primary active ingredient in turmeric prevents the development of plaque in the brain and also has anti-pain and anti-inflammatory properties. Protects against Brain Plaques Research conducted by a medical team at a graduate school at Kanazawa University, Japan, demonstrated that curcumin found in turmeric prevents the development of a substance called amyloid beta (AB)–a type of plaque in the brain. This substance is linked as a causative factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Anti-Pain One of turmeric’s many properties is its ability to suppress pain through a similar mechanism as the pain-killing COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitor drugs primarily u...

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