A bioactive compound found in turmeric promotes stem cell proliferation and differentiation in the brain, research published in the journal Stem Cell Research & Therapy suggested aromatic turmerone could be a future drug candidate for treating neurological disorders, such as stroke and Alzheimer's disease.

This bioactive compound Ar-turmerone, is the lesser-studied of two major bioactive compounds found in turmeric. The other compound which has been extensively studies is curcumin, which is well known for its anti-inflammatory and the ability to protect nerve cells against damage, degeneration, or impairment of function properties.

Curcumin post-treatment was found to reduce ischemic stroke-induced brain damage and improves functional outcomes, providing new evidence that curcumin might be a promising therapeutic strategy for stroke

Activated turmeric containing Ar-turmerone and curcumin may play an important role in self-repair and recovery of brain function after a stroke and in other neurodegenerative diseases. 

If you have any symptoms of a stroke call 000 now and seek urgent medical treatment. Taking turmeric will not replace early medical intervention.

1.    Aromatic-turmerone induces neural stem cell proliferation in vitro and in vivo. Stem Cell Research & Therapy, 2014; 5Indian J Pharm Sci
2.    An overview of curcumin in neurological disorders. Indian J Pharm Sci. 2010 Mar;72(2):149-54. 
3.    Farooqui A.A. (2016) Therapeutic Importance of Curcumin in Neurological Disorders Other Than Alzheimer Disease. In: Therapeutic Potentials of Curcumin for Alzheimer Disease
4.    Curcumin Protects against Ischemic Stroke by Titrating Microglia/Macrophage Polarization Front Aging Neurosci. 2017; 9: 233.

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