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Research Shows Compound in Turmeric May Boost Brain Stem Cells

Most people are concerned about the health of their brain these days. And, for good reason: brain diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease are rapidly rising. According to some estimates, 35.8% of people 85 or older have some form of moderate to severe memory impairment. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to protect your brain and memory, from exercising and mental exercises, to healthy diet rich in brain foods like blueberries, walnuts, pomegranates, and more.

But, there is another way to boost your brain health—by increasing your brain's stem cells--those cells that can create more stem cells or become many other types of cells in the body. Research shows that a compound known as turmerone, found in turmeric, can help boost brain stem cells. Most of turmeric’s rave reviews go to its compound curcumin, while turmerone is barely known at all. 

According to research in the medical journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy, one of the active compounds in turmeric, known as turmerone, can cause brain stem cells to start proliferating. Neural stem cells, as they are known, become activated after an injury or damage to the brain as a means to help regenerate the brain and nervous system and giving the cells an opportunity to recover and return to normal function.

Other research published in the same journal found that turmerone caused an increase in the number of neurons (brain or nervous system cells) generated. The researchers anticipate that their study will offer hope to sufferers of Parkinson’s and stroke.

Turmerone is primarily found in the oily part of turmeric so you won’t find it in your curcumin supplements. Turmeric essential oil is one of the best sources of this natural healing compound. However, not all oils are suitable for ingestion. You should only use oils that clearly indicate their suitability for internal use. This is easily identifiable on the label, which would indicate “dose” or “dosage.”

I am particularly fond of a Dual Chamber Turmeric Supplement that includes both the oil (which contains turmerones) and curcumin for their many health benefits. I’m unaware of any other similar product on the market. If you’re interested in wholesale pricing and in joining my exclusive aromatherapy coaching group, sign up for your discount and membership here.


Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is an international bestselling book author and the publisher of the free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News, founder of Scentsational Wellness, and an international best-selling and 24-time published book author whose works include: Essential Oils for Hormone Bliss: Boost Your Energy, Lose Weight Naturally, and Improve Your Sleep, The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life

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