Extend Your Life Now -- Part 3

Want to live longer? Maybe you need to spice things up a little.

Curcumin, an ingredient of the spice turmeric, has been shown to increase cognition and neurogenesis (the development of new, healthy neurons) in mature rats:

We assessed behavioural performance and hippocampal cell proliferation in aged rats after 6- and 12-week curcumin-fortified diets. Curcumin enhanced non-spatial and spatial memory, as well as dentate gyrate cell proliferation as compared to control diet rats. 

(Hat-tip to FuturePundit for this story.)

Turmeric has been part of traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. The report linked above notes that curcumin has been observed "to have many neuroprotective properties, including improvement of cognition in humans." The Wikipedia article on  curcumin states that in various studies it "has shown antitumor, antioxidant, antiarthritic, antiamyloid, anti-ischemic, and anti-inflammatory properties."

Taking a turmeric or curcumin supplement might just do your brain, and the rest of your body, a world of good. The University of Maryland Medical Center website provides good back ground and recommended doses. Check it out.

If you're serious about getting started with life extension, don't miss Christine Peterson's Personalized Life Extension Conference. Here's our recent interview with Christine for those who missed it.


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