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2012-04-02

Curcumin May Prevent Parkinson's Disease

Can you believe it's already April?! It's birthday month in my family, and I can't believe it's already here. Anyway, to start this month off, which also happens to contain Earth Day, here's very cool video worth watching...

As for the study I'll discuss today, it's another one showing curcumin's potential in preventing Parkinson's disease. The study found that curcumin (the compound that gives the spice turmeric its colour) could one day be effective in preventing or reducing Parkinson’s by blocking the clumping (aggregation) action of proteins involved in the disease.

The researchers said that when curcumin binds to a protein called alpha-synuclein, it not only stops aggregation, but it also speeds up the protein's folding and reconfiguration (slow folding makes the protein more susceptible to aggregating).

However, the main limitation is that it's difficult to absorb curcumin and even if you absorb it, it is even more difficult to get into the brain (difficult to cross the blood-brain barrier). There are some supplements, however, that have done a great job in improving the bioavailability of curcumin, so be sure to seek these out if interested in this traditional medicine and spice.

Source: Curcumin Prevents Aggregation in α-Synuclein by Increasing Reconfiguration Rate

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