A turmeric treatment on patients with Alzheimer’s disease symptoms has revealed “remarkable improvements.” A recent study found three patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) saw reduced severe behavioral symptoms if they consumed less than a gram of turmeric each day, for three months.
All three patients had Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD), severe Alzheimer’s disease behavioral symptoms, such as anxiety, apathy, irritability, and agitation. One patient who suffered with the inability to hold urine, in addition to random and aimless movement, also showed vast improvement.
A team of researchers from Japan found a 12-week treatment of turmeric on all three patients resulted in a significant decrease in the acute symptoms, as well as less burden on the caregivers.
The researchers reported the findings of this remarkable study in the Ayu journal titled “Effects of turmeric on Alzheimer’s disease with behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.”
A brief excerpt from the study cites the following.
“All three patients exhibited irritability, agitation; anxiety, and apathy, two patients suffer from urinary incontinence and wonderings. They were prescribed turmeric powder capsules and started recovering from these symptoms without any adverse reaction in the clinical symptom and laboratory data.”
In one case study, an 83-year-old female patient had previously developed progressive dementia. At age 76, she showed disturbances of short-term memory.
Additionally, the elder had difficulty in learning new information; she became disorientated and had problems in getting dressed, cooking, and performing household chores.
She wandered aimlessly around her home and exhibited all of the adverse effects of BPSD.
After receiving daily treatments consisting of 764 mg of turmeric for 12 weeks, this patient was relieved from BPSD symptoms, including agitation, irritability, apathy, and anxiety.
In addition, she was able to do some of the things she enjoyed doing earlier in her life, like knitting, watching television, and singing songs.
After taking turmeric for more than a year, this Alzheimer’s patient began to recognize her family and was able to remember her late husband. Currently, she lives a peaceful life without experiences of severe AD and BPSD symptoms.
Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, research, and support says in 2015, an estimated 5.3 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease.
Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops the dreaded disease. Everyone is at risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
Turmeric is a plant belonging to the ginger family. For more than 5,000 years, turmeric has been used as a traditional Asian medicine. The result of turmeric treatment on patients exhibiting severe symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease is quite promising.
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