Curcumin is an antioxidant found in turmeric, a spice often used in pickles. Turmeric is the yellow-colored spice flavoring curry powder which is found in many Indian and Oriental dishes. Recent studies have shown that this compound may help strengthen certain immune cells called macrophages. These macrophages fight bad compounds characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. Science hasn’t shown whether diet alone can provide enough benefits to stave off Alzheimer’s but eating more curcumin may be a good way to help you prevent Alzheimer’s disease. As an added benefit, individuals with high intakes of this compound appear to have a decreased cancer risk. So, add some turmeric or curry to your favorite chicken dish, rice, or dip.
Information from: Today’s Diet and Nutrition