22 Feb, 2018

Curcumin Improves Memory & Mood - New UCLA study shows

by Sooze Flood

Lovers of Indian food, give yourselves a second helping: Daily consumption of a certain form of curcumin -- the substance that gives Indian curry its bright color -- improved memory and mood in people with mild, age-related memory loss, according to the results of a study conducted by UCLA researchers.

The research, published online Jan. 19 in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, examined the effects of an easily absorbed curcumin supplement on memory performance in people without dementia, as well as curcumin's potential impact on the microscopic plaques and tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease.

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22 Feb, 2018

Long-term Yoga May Reduce Inflammation in Metabolic Syndrome

by Sooze Flood

Three hours of yoga a week for a year improved serum levels of adipokines — proteins secreted by fat cells, which are involved in inflammation — in patients with high-normal blood pressure and metabolic syndrome in a new study.

These findings, by Rashmi Supriya, PhD, from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China, and colleagues, were published online February 7 in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.

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