When thinking about herbs for memory and concentration, Turmeric might not immediately spring to mind. I tend to think of Holy Basil, Bacopa, Milky Oat, and other adaptogens that slowly nurture the brain and nervous system over time.
However, research has indicated that Turmeric prevents plaque build-up in the brain and can help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Curcumin, one of Turmeric’s active compounds, is thought to be responsible for preventing the buildup of beta amyloid plaques, which are commonly found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. Curcumin also may increase levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), a compound that promotes the growth of brain cells and encourages the brain to form new neural connections.
You may already know of Turmeric as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant, digestive aid, blood cleanser, liver tonic, and antimicrobial. Now you can proudly boast of its memory-boosting abilities as well.
Turmeric helps many any-age health issues that contribute to mental sluggishness and brain fog: chronic inflammation, compromised gut flora, liver congestion, and chronic pain to name a few. Because low-grade inflammation is a gateway to many chronic and acute illnesses, Turmeric’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties lend a preventative hand at any stage of life.
Here is a version of the famous “Golden Milk” recipe that will help nurture your grey matter throughout the coming Fall and Winter months. This recipe combines Turmeric with adaptogens and aromatics to soothe and clarify the mind while nourishing gut flora and replenishing adrenal reserves.
Please also find a simple recipe for luscious, concentrated Turmeric Paste, which can be stored in the refrigerator for weeks and used to make a quick version of Golden Milk whenever you like.
|1 cup milk
1 tsp-1 tbsp turmeric powder
1 tsp ashwagandha powder (optional)
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 tsp raw honey or the sweetener of choice
1/2 tsp ghee (optional)
|1. Mix all the ingredients in a non-reactive saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer about 10 minutes.
3. Strain into a mug, dilute with water if you would like, and enjoy!
|1 cup water
1/4 cup turmeric powder
Pinch of ground black pepper
|1. Bring water, turmeric powder, & black pepper to a boil in a non-reactive saucepan.
2. Lower heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until it thickens into a paste.
3. Store in a glass container in the fridge.
Golden milk is especially beneficial if drunk about an hour before bedtime.
Cheers to another reason for loving Turmeric!