Who Knew? Eating Asian Food May Protect From Brain Damage
December 30, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies managed to create a derivative of the curry spice turmeric that may benefit individuals who have suffered stroke or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The scientists are basing their conclusions on experiments in animal models, which showed that mice that had suffered brain damage similar to one experienced by stroke victims showed significant improvements in their cognitive function after their diet was enriched with the turmeric-derived compound.
The discovery may benefit may individuals, including Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans, as TBI is the leading cause of death and disability in Americans younger than 45 years of age. As far as stroke is concerned, there are no clinically reliable treatments at the moment.
"Existing drug therapies for complex neurological conditions target only one aspect of the condition, while in fact many different factors contribute to the pathology," said one of the researchers involved, David R. Schubert, Ph.D.
He added that the work conducted in his lab has the potential to make a difference in the discovery of effective therapies in the future.
Turmeric is a herb native to tropical South Asia, and is frequently used in Indian, Malay, Thai and Persian dishes.