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Curry could 'fight dementia'

Curry could 'fight dementia'
3rd June 2009

People may be able to enjoy a curry a little more following a recent discovery by scientists in the US.

A recent research project led by Professor Murali Doraiswamy of Duke University found that the meal could be a good way to fight off dementia, the BBC revealed.

He said in the report: "If you have a good diet and take plenty of exercise, eating curry regularly could help prevent dementia."

It is believed that curcumin, a component of turmeric - a spice used regularly in Indian food - could prevent the spread of amyloid protein plaques, which are associated with dementia.

However, the theory was questioned by the Alzheimer's Research Trust, whose leader Rebecca Wood queried the results, claiming that 100g of turmeric would be needed to give a clinical dose.

She told the news provider: "Professor Doraiswamy's unpublished research applies only to animal models; his hypothesis has not been confirmed in human clinical trials.

"We look forward to the results of the human curcumin trial at UCLA."

Another recent study by the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University found that turmeric is also good at suppressing fat tissue in rodents, highlighting the possibility of it being used as a future slimming aid.

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