Researchers in Germany have found an ingredient in turmeric used to make yellow curry spice may repair the brains of people with degenerative neuro-diseases such as Alzheimer's.
The researchers found an ingredient in turmeric, aromatic turmerone, promoted the proliferation of brain stem cells and their development into neurons, effectively 'regenerating' brain tissue.
It is not known whether the findings from research done on rats will apply to larger animals such as humans. The researchers hope to do trials on humans.
However, the compound could help scientists develop treatments for diseases that degenerate brain cells such as Alzheimer's and stroke.
Turmeric is mostly known for its beneficial effects that are due to another compound it contains, curcumin, which is highly regarded for its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.
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