Aug 14, 2014

Dr Oz Eat Curry to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

Dr.Oz's suggests eating curry once or twice a week to help prevent Alzheimer's disease.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Dr Oz Eat Curry to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease
From time to time, Dr Oz covers Alzheimer's disease on his television show.

He usually devotes about one third of his show to Alzheimer's disease when he covers the topic.

He always does a great job of framing the impending epidemic that is Alzheimer's.

Dr Oz mentioned that every 68 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. By the time you finish reading this article several more people will be suffering from Alzheimer's. Another group of Alzheimer's caregivers will come into being.

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Dr Oz said:

  • Alzheimer's is a long slow death sentence.
  • In the future, either you get it, or know someone that has it (Alzheimer's).
On his television show, Dr. Oz demonstrated the difference between a healthy brain, and a brain deseased with Alzheimer's. This comparison was really instructive.

During the show Dr Oz, and his guest, went on to mention the importance of physical exercise, brain fitness, and diet as a means of preventing the onset of Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer's Reading Room blog has hundreds of articles on these topics. You can use the search box on the right sidebar to learn more. Or, you can go to this page to learn who to find the most important article in the Alzheimer's Reading Room.

At the very end of the segment, Dr Oz said that one of the best ways to ward off Alzheimer's is to eat curry. He suggested that everyone eat two servings of curry each week.

This reminded me that Professor Murali Doraiswamy, director of the Mental Fitness Laboratory at the Department of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, said something very similar last year.
Professor Doraiswamy said: "There is very solid evidence that curcumin binds to plaques, and basic research on animals engineered to produce human amyloid plaques has shown benefits. Turmeric has been studied not just in Alzheimer's research but for a variety of conditions, such as cancer and arthritis. Turmeric is often referred to as the spice of life in ancient Indian medical lore."
Dr. Doraiswamy went on to say.
"Don't expect an occasional curry to counterbalance a poor lifestyle. However, if you have a good diet and take plenty of exercise, eating curry regularly could help prevent dementia."
Dr. Doraiswamy is co-author of  The Alzheimer's Action Plan. One of the best books on Alzheimer's and my personal favorite.

While it might be a good idea to eat curry to ward off Alzheimer's, curry is not a magic bullet. You really do need to get serious exercise, exercise your brain (jigsaw puzzles are a good idea), and then eat healthy.

You could consider these healthy eating tips: Mediterranean diet, olive oil, and curry. Dr Oz mentioned or alluded to all of these healthy foods.

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