Using food as brain medicine: Curcumin May 20 2014

Curcumin reduces possible ADHD symptoms caused by neurotoxicity induced by fluoride.

Most spices have powerful medicinal properties and for thousands of years were used to promote healing before pharmaceutical companies started making synthetic drugs.  Curcumin is an ancient Indian herb and active ingredient of turmeric.  Curcumin is well-known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties.  A 2014 study has found that curcumin also has neuroprotective effects that mitigate the effect of Fluoride induced neurotoxicity.

In the blog post, “Fluoride in Water Leads to ADHD,” we reviewed Harvard School of Public Health’s study on exposure to fluoride in drinking water and its direct influence on increasing symptoms of ADHD. 64% of US homes have artificially fluoridated water and since fluoride is a chemical with substantial evidence of development neurotoxicity you may be impacting learning and behavior every time you go to the kitchen sink to get a drink.

Fortunately, there is a natural way to decrease potential for increased fluoride exposure.  Curcumin is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier and reacts with free radical to protect brain cells to enhance neuronal plasticity (the adaptability of an organism to change in a positive or negative way depending on its environment) and repair.  According to the 2014 study in the journal,   , supplementation of curcumin significantly reduces the toxic effects of Fluoride and plays a therapeutic role against neurodegeneration.

This is another great example of how food can be used as medicine.  Just like the specific combination of nutrients found in Pure Clarity act to strengthen cognitive function and mental performance, curcumin can be used to enhance brain health because of its remarkable brain-saving properties.  When you provide your body with the nutrients it needs to promote self-healing, the body miraculously knows what to do.

Written by Melissa Warner

 

References:
  1. Chhavi Sharma, Pooja Suhalka, et al.  Curcumin attenuates neurotoxicity induced by fluoride: An in vivo evidence.  Pharmacogn Mag. 2014 Jan-Mar; 10(37): 61–65.

  2. GreenMedInfo, Curcumin Health Benefits: 160 Pharmacological Actions.  http://www.greenmedinfo.com/substance/curcumin