Turmeric powder may help keep the brain healthy, two new studies from the U.S. reveal.

Researchers at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and Shiga University of Medical Science in Otsu, Japan reported in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease that a substance found in the yellow-colored spice powder called curcumin can help remove beta-amyloid plaques — the toxic proteins responsible for Alzheimer’s disease — from the brain.

Amyloid beta, a protein fragment found in the fatty membrane surrounding the nerve cells, is produced during normal brain activity and is also cleared from the brain regularly. However, these proteins build up into plaques as people age. Development of the protein plaques damages and kills brain cells and destroys important function of the brain including memory.

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