Turmeric compound, a key component for Alzheimer's medicine?

Turmeric has been on the Indian food menu since eons..

Zee Media Bureau/Shruti Saxena

New Delhi: Turmeric has been on the Indian food menu since eons. It is widely used in Indian cooking. Also known as `Haldi`, has substantial health benefits and medicinal properties that can fight diseases like cancer, diabetes and inflammation.

But now, according to a new study, the humble Turmeric or `haldi` is emerging as a promising basis for an inexpensive treatment for neurological disorders and Alzheimer's disease.

The findings of a study suggest that aromatic (ar-) turmerone , a compound found in turmeric promotes stem cell proliferation and differentiation in the brain.

The study looked at the effects of aromatic (ar-) turmerone on endogenous neutral stem cells (NSC), the stem cells found within adult brains.

To test the effects of ar-turmerone on NSC, researchers injected adult rats with ar-turmerone.

They found that the subventricular zone (SVZ) and the hippocampus expanded in the brains of rats injected with ar-turmerone.

Ar-turmerone is the lesser-studied of two major bioactive compounds found in turmeric.

The other compound is curcumin which is well known for its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.

The research appeared in the open access journal Stem Cell Research & Therapy.

(With Agency inputs)

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