Curry and Vitamin D May Help Alzheimers Disease

An elderly manCurcumin, a polyphenol found in the Indian spice turmeric, and Vitamin D3 may help the immune system eliminate hamful plaques from the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers from UCLA, UC Riverside and the Human BioMolecular Research Institute. Their recent study found that both vitamin D3 and curcumin helped stimulate macrophages, a critical part of the immune system response, which appears to help decrease the  buildup of disease-producing plaques in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Turmeric is commonly used in foods such as curry powders, mustards, and cheeses. It is grown as a shrub and is related to ginger.  Turmeric is grown throughout India, other parts of Asia, and Africa. The root of turmeric  has long been used in traditional Asian medicine to relieve a variety of conditions.

In this study, the researchers found that naturally occurring curcumin was less effective than synthetic curcumin, but they also noted that since this is early laboratory research,  no dosage of vitamin D or curcumin can be recommended at this point. Larger vitamin D and curcumin studies with more patients are needed and planned.

A growing body of literature on vitamin D is also shedding light on the importance of this nutrient in the prevention of many chronic diseases.  A simple blood test can measure the circulating Vitamin D levels in your blood, and many doctors are now drawing blood levels of Vitamin D to to make sure patients are getting enough.  Doctors are finding that deficiences in Vitamin D are common, even in those who get daily sunshine and follow a good diet.  Ask your doctor about this.

Read more about Vitamin D from Bay Area Medical Information

Source: Masoumi A, et al “1a,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 interacts with curcuminoids to stimulate amyloid-beta clearance by macrophages of Alzheimer disease patients” J Alzheimer Dis 2009

Source: “Stimulating Immune Response May Help Clear Alzheimer’s Plaques”, MedPage Today, July 2009 

 

 

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