Brain Seasoning: A common spice could deter Alzheimer's

By Patrick Barry, 15:57 PM April 15, 2008

Past research has suggested that a common spice in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine may improve mental performance in elderly people. Now, scientists have discovered a mechanism by which this spice, called turmeric, could help the body clear plaque deposits associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Those deposits consist of a protein called amyloid-beta. Healthy people's bodies make the protein, but immune system cells called macrophages regularly identify, engulf, and remove it. In the new study,...

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