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Old 10-29-2006, 06:49 PM
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Curry may keep elderly minds sharp
Thu Oct 26, 12:10 PM ET

A diet containing curry may help protect the aging brain, according a study of elderly Asians in which increased curry consumption was associated with better cognitive performance on standard tests.

Curcumin, found in the curry spice turmeric, possesses potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

It's known that long-term users of anti-inflammatory drugs have a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, although these agents can have harmful effects in the stomach, liver and kidney, limiting their use in the elderly.

Antioxidants, such as vitamin E, have been shown to protect neurons in lab experiments but have had limited success in alleviating cognitive decline in patients with mild-to-moderate dementia.

In their study, Dr. Tze-Pin Ng from National University of Singapore and colleagues compared scores on the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) for three categories of regular curry consumption in 1,010 nondemented Asians who were between 60 and 93 years old in 2003.

Most of the study subjects consumed curry at least occasionally (once every 6 months), 43 percent ate curry at least often or very often (between monthly and daily) while 16 percent said they never or rarely ate curry.

After taking into account factors that could impact test results, they found that people who consumed curry "occasionally" and "often or very often" had significantly better MMSE scores than did those who "never or rarely" consumed curry.

"Even with the low and moderate levels of curry consumption reported by the respondents, better cognitive performance was observed," Ng and colleagues report.]

These results, they note, provide "the first epidemiologic evidence supporting a link between curry consumption and cognitive performance that has been suggested by a large volume of earlier experimental evidence."

Curry is used widely by people in India and "interestingly," the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease among India's elderly ranks is fourfold less than that seen in the United States.

"In view of its efficacy and remarkably low toxicity," curry shows promise for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease, the researchers conclude.

SOURCE: American Journal of Epidemiology, November 1, 2006.

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Old 10-29-2006, 08:15 PM
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damn. another thing to add to the diet!

i am going to get fat.

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Old 10-29-2006, 09:22 PM
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I love curry. Chicken, shrimp, any type of fish.

I like to spice it up quite a bit.

The downside is that people will now you cooked curry 3 days after because of the lingering smell.

Good stuff!
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Old 10-29-2006, 09:38 PM
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yellow, red or green curry?

My fave is Green; Kaeng Kiew Warn to be specific.

Second choice would be yellow, then the red.
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Old 10-30-2006, 01:39 AM
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I get enough of curry from school. I have many INDIANS in my classes and curry just seeps through their skin. I can smell it all the time which means I am getting my daily dose that way.
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Old 10-30-2006, 02:46 PM
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I can smell it all the time which means I am getting my daily dose that way.
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"Even with the low and moderate levels of curry consumption reported by the respondents, better cognitive performance was observed,"
It appears that you aren't enjoying any of the health benefits mentioned above.
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Old 10-30-2006, 04:42 PM
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Nothin better than a good chicken madras except for not being able to be in a business meeting for a couple of days
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It appears that you aren't enjoying any of the health benefits mentioned above.

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Old 10-31-2006, 01:06 PM
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Spoke with an Indian buddy of mine and he mentioned that in addition to curry,they use quite a bit of tumeric for the same reasons.

He told me he never heard of all these illnesses we have here until he went to Ohio state about 6 years ago.

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