Is the spice, Turmeric, good for Alzheimers ?

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papadoc,
Please refer to the websites included above, for starters.
I offered far more information than you just reduced it to in your comment--I know there are some days my brain fals to be helpful , but you seem to have totally missed any salient points made, above, in posting.
I wish you well.
If you wish to go back to the oldest data on turmeric, that is contained in the Vedic Texts, the oldest copies are about 5000 yers old. I do not have those on file here.
Feel free to look them up, same as I have done for decades,and make use of them, until becoming comfortable with the information.
I offered a place to start looking, above posted.
I wish you well.
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Chimonger, please name just one of the studies you talked about. Or one scientific claim that it helps. I'm telling people to look for facts, and examine the evidence and see if the conclusion is supported by the facts. The only thing you've offered is your opinion and that it must be good because it tastes yummy.
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Other triggers can cause dementia-like behaviors, such as malnutrition, other illnesses, toxic exposures, and brain injuries, for instance.
So while India [for instance] may not have the high proportion of elders as the USA, who may likely get dementias, they might have dementias from other causes, in younger populations.

As for testing agencies and sites to find information, you could start here:
some pages for herbals:
http://www.herbsociety.org.uk/mh-legislation.htm
http://www.ema.europa.eu/ema/index.jsp?curl=pages/regulation/general/general_content_000365.jsp&mid=WC0b01ac0580029569
http://www.mhra.gov.uk/#page=DynamicListMedicines
References specifically for turmeric:
http://www.emea.europa.eu/ema/index.jsp?curl=search.jsp&q=turmeric&btnG=Search&mid=WC0b01ac05800268ad

There are loads of references for herbals. There are schools for learning it, such as Bastyr University in WA State. [one of the only alternative medicine universities to garner Federal funding for research on it]

One tricky part is, OLD references can have data that new references have lost/omitted. Old references can contain some "snake-oil" data, as well--or wording that baffles modern knowledge. One has to familiarize with herb referrences, various authors, and do some work with those herbs, to get a clearer gist of the herbs' more reliable uses. Also, understand how the modern market works relative to herbs and nutritionals--it is pretty scathing. Modern methods of processing and using herbs can screw the ability of the body to use the natural ingredient one is after. Our ancient predecessors, who actually studied and practiced old forms of medicine, more often than not knew very well how to do it. Bad stuff happens when those with an urge to profit, and not much knowledge, gets their mitts into it.
[[I'd like a dollar for every time someone has said "It's perfectly safe, because it's only an herb" or, "nothing can go wrong, because it's all natural"...etc.]]

Some is so simple, its almost brainless to use it. Lots of it really does need qualifications to use. How much qualifications, is a question that has yet to be figured out.

Numerous Docs take a short-course of Acupuncture at a University, for instance, then promote themselves as acupuncturists ...which might be good for some quickie things, but not good enuf for things like anesthesia. "Shake'n'bake" 'acupuncturists' can do good, but have mixed results, and lots of failures, depending on how well they paid attention to their short classes. To get licensed as a Chinese medical Doctor, in the USA, means attending one of few schools for it, AFTER they have attained their REGULAR Doctors' credentials....Chinese Medical School takes another 4 + years.
Same for herbalists.
One warning that fairly goes across the board, that has regulatory agencies in fits, is unscrupulous vendors who pervert traditional "patent medicines"
[herbals known and safe for many centuries or longer], and adulterated these with pharmaceutical drugs NOT listed on the labels, so none know how much they are getting of what, nor how to gauge how those might interact with whatever else one is taking.

THAT has caused problems in credibility for herbal medicine, as have those who keep repeating that herbals [or other supplements, etc.] are all natural so do not cause harm.

...Just for instances...
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In India, 5.5% of the population is over age 65.
In the US, 13.1% of the population is over age 65.

Which country would you expect to have more age-related disease (such as dementia)?
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Here is a site sponsored by the US National Institute of Health, with information about health uses of this spice:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/662.html

Chimonger, can you provide the name of the strict European testing agency, so those of us interested can find those studies, too?
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papadoc, your post reminded me of a statistic I once read that showed a strong correlation between the number of colored televisions in a country and the number of heart attacks. Wow! Colored televisions cause heart attacks! Well, of course not. Even though those two measurements showed a strong correlation, there was no direct causal relationship. Having heart attacks did not increase the ownership of tvs, and tv ownership did not cause heart attacks. At that time there might have been an indirect relationship in that countries where citizens could afford colored televisions in large numbers may have had more citizens with sedentary jobs which in turn might have meant less exercise.

Just because two things happen together does not mean one causes the other.
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papadoc,
Turmeric has been used and studied a long time.
One of the strictest testing agencies is that in Europe.

Not even turmeric is a "miracle cure for Alzheimers",
but it helps, and does not harm,
compared to the levels of harm virtually all pharmaceuticals are capable of..

It might turn out to lean heavily towards genetics [although, if one traces genetics around the planet over time, more are related to India and Africa, than would like to know].

It could also be in the Epigenomics field, relative to certain levels of starvation triggering certain genetic switches.

But PLEASE do not make it sound as if it might as well be phases of the moon.
It is FAR more researched than that, and not only on populations from the Indian Subcontinent.

...AND, it tastes good in food!
;-)
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When the food is pure, the whole nature becomes pure; when the nature becomes pure, the memory becomes firm; and when a man is in possession of a firm memory, all the ties are severed." ( No Alzheimer's)
Chhandogya Upanishad, VII-xxvi-2)
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Just because people of a given culture use tumeric and have a low incidence of Alz, does not mean these two are related. It well could be related, but so could a million other things. The people of India have many things that they do differently from other cultures, and there are also different genetics that could be involved.

Tumeric may well be a miracle cure for Alzheimer's, and if it is, there will be medical evidence to suggest that. However, simply pointing to the existence of one of many given ingredients and saying THAT is cause for the low rates of Alz is irresponsible. Given an hour, I could come up with 50 thing that Indians use in larger quantities, and it still just might turn out to be genetics.
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No spice or supplement is going to work if you are taking prescribed drugs that are causing the memory loss. Stop taking the drugs that are causing the memory loss. I know that cholesterol-lowering drugs are famous for causing memory loss and no one benefits from its use except for a small number of middle aged men. After you stop the drugs, then the natural stuff like turmeric and coconut oil will help to heal the brain.
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