Common spice found to protect ageing brains

THE active ingredient in the curry spice turmeric may slow the effects of ageing in the brain, according to research presented at a Melbourne symposium this week.

“The main findings are that curcumin significantly improves mental function in older people, improves working memory and attention and also people’s fatigue and energy levels,” says Professor Andrew Scholey, who discussed the study at the Blackmores Institute Symposium in Melbourne.

The double-blinded trial randomised 60 cognitively healthy adults aged 60-85 to 400mg