Turmeric, known among Filipinos as “luyang dilaw,” contains ingredients that can be used to treat stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the research published on Stem Cell Research & Therapy Journal, certain compound in turmeric called aromatic (ar-) turmerone plays an important role in nurturing the neutral stem cells (NSC) in the brain, promoting self-repair and recovery of neuro-degenerative diseases. This compound also blocks microglia, a cell causing inflammation to the brain and associated to different neurological disorders.
Aside from Ar-turmerone, turmeric also found to have curcumin compound, known for its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.
Though further study is recommended, researchers concluded that this aromatic herb, turmeric or luyang dilaw could be a natural resource that can be used in the development of cheaper and most effective medicine in treating neurological disorders, such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.