Saturday, January 01, 2005

Treating Alzheimer's with curry?

Article linked on Boing Boing:
Curcumin, the yellow pigment in curry spice may be a potential agent to fight against Alzheimer's, according to researchers at the University of California at Irvine.

The new UCLA-Veterans Affairs study involving genetically altered mice suggests that curcumin, the yellow pigment in curry spice, inhibits the accumulation of destructive beta amyloids in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and also breaks up existing plaques.

Every day or so, I find just one more reason to NEVER use pharmaceutical drugs ever again...other than the fact that there are almost always harmful side effects, the drugs rarely treat the disease they are prescribed for--they treat the symptoms.