Reviewing some 700 studies looking at turmeric benefits, turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects.
Tea Time by Peggy
How to Make Turmeric Tea
Bring four cups of water to a boil.
Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup; add honey and/or lemon to taste.
Click here for how to make another delicious turmeric drink with Almond Milk
3 Curcumin (a component of the spice turmeric) studies:
1. Gulf War Illness
Individuals with GWI treated with curcumin for 30 days showed better cognitive function and mood than the control group did.”
The improvements were more than just functional. “Curcumin treatment helped in alleviating the brain inflammation seen in GWI,”
“It also enhanced the expression of genes that encode for antioxidants and normalized the expression of genes related to the function of mitochondria in the hippocampus.”
“Particularly, the ability of curcumin to reduce the occurrence of activated microglia, a sign of eased brain inflammation, is remarkable,”
The compound also seemed to enhance the formation of new neuronsin the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for learning, memory, and mood and the region where new neurons are added throughout life in normal individuals.
“This study showed that curcumin can mediate anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, neurogenic, and cognitive and mood enhancing effects in a condition such as GWI”
2. Older Adults Cognitive function
The findings correspond well with those of a separate study in humans from the University of California, Los Angeles, which recently showed curcumin improved the cognitive function of older adults by 28 percent.
3. Older Adults with pre-diabetes
In a placebo-controlled study, subjects were given one gram of turmeric with an otherwise nutritionally bland breakfast of white bread. Their working memory was tested before and some hours after the meal. This addition to breakfast improved working memory over six hours in older people with pre-diabetes,”
Experts generally consider curcumin supplementation safe for adults, with gastrointestinal upset being the most common side effect. Still, as with any supplement, people shouldn’t begin taking it without consulting with their health care providers.
One of the most comprehensive summaries of turmeric benefits studies to date was published by the respected ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Phd., in the October, 2007 issue of Alternative & Complementary Therapies, and summarized in the July, 2008, issue of the American Botanical Council publication HerbClip.
Feeding Peggy and Judy brain healthy food is my mission. They are getting old . . .er and need all the encouragement they can get from me to eat healthy. I have a lot of recipes and let them pick which ones they want me to make for them.
I suspect they choose chocolate so they could have it all to themselves.* They insist chocolate is not healthy for me . . . just for them . . .
I tweaked the original recipe to make it even MORE tasty.
Espresso Brownie Cake
Brain Healthy Ingredients:
Cinnamon – contains large amounts of highly potent polyphenol antioxidants.
Different groups of researchers have shown that cinnamon may prevent the formation of both the plaques and the tangles found in the Alzheimer’s brain.
Dark chocolate & Cocoa – rich in flavonoids compounds that have been linked to improved cognitive performance in older adults. Studies have shown that cocoa flavanols improve performance in healthy adults during sustained mental effort and may also protect against stroke.
Coffee – contains anti-inflammatory polyphenols. Many controlled trials in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function. This includes memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general cognitive function
A single cup of coffee contains:
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (I didn’t have enough butter so I added coconut butter)
1/2 cup strong coffee (I didn’t have espresso coffee so I made it twice)
3 tablespoons unsweetened organic cocoa powder
1/4 cup buttermilk (I didn’t have buttermilk, so I made sour milk adding a tsp of white vinegar to the milk.)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup chopped dark chocolate (I didn’t have enough dark chocolate so I added semi-sweet)
Heat oven to 400. Spray an 8 or 9 inch square pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Combine flour and sugar in a mixing bowl
Heat butter, espresso, and cocoa in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Pour cocoa mixture over flour and sugar and mix.
Add buttermilk, egg, baking soda, vanilla, and cinnamon and mix to combine.
Stir in chocolate pieces.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Garnish with powdered sugar before serving if desired.
P.S. Peggy and Judy said the cake was good but after eating several pieces decided it needed more chocolate chips. So they poured chocolate chips over the cake.
P.P.S. Peggy and Judy said the cake was good but after eating several pieces with the extra chocolate chips decided it needed ice cream. I’m afraid there wasn’t enough brain healthy cinnamon or coffee in the cake because they went to the store to buy ice-cream and haven’t been seen since.
*P.P.P.S. I found crumbs on the floor (it’s humiliating what I have to endure) and thought it delicious. You can eat it on a plate with a fork but I recommend using just your tongue.