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The 3 Best Spices To Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Monday, November 26th, 2012

Healthy Spices for the Brain and Alzheimer's Prevention

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In the search for ways to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s, many researchers have turned their focus to spices. There are now a number of spices that have been linked through studies to Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment and should be added to our diets as part of our Alzheimer’s combat strategy.


Turmeric has been touted as a spice with many nutritional qualities and has been shown to prevent cancer growth, reduce inflammation, and inhibit the signature amyloid plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer’s sufferers.  Additionally, turmeric has been shown to help maintain blood sugar levels, which has also been shown to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Benefits of Turmeric on the Brain and Alzheimer's

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Turmeric is used extensively in Indian cuisine as the primary component of curry, but there are other ways to use it as well.  It can be added to soups such as chicken noodle soup to add deeper flavor and color. It is also delicious when added to rice or couscous and served with vegetables, or you can use it to make currywurst or curry ketchup, foods so common in German cuisine, they even have a Currywurst Museum, dedicated to all things currywurst.


A study by the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics found that consuming sage improved cognitive function in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.  After four months of taking sage, the subjects’ cognition improved by a whopping 22% and even decreased symptoms of agitation and stress, while the placebo group’s cognitive performance declined by 26%.

Sage Leaves to Ward off Alzheimer's

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Sage can be taken in the form of an extract, as it was in the study, or it can be used in a variety of recipes. Some common recipes using sage are chicken saltimbocca and roasted butternut squash with sage.

Here are some general tips for cooking with sage:



Cinnamon is a beloved spice used in numerous sweet and savory cuisines. It has also been studied extensively for its health benefits and has proven to be particularly useful for managing blood sugar levels.  We know that this alone can help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but cinnamon can also directly boost your brain.

Sprinkle Cinnamon for Brain Health and Alzheimer's

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Research from the University of Santa Barbara has revealed components of cinnamon, proanthocyanidins and cinnamaldehyde, may inhibit the function of the tau proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and another study performed in Tel Aviv showed that cinnamon reduced the amyloid proteins found in the plaques from Alzheimer’s sufferers.

Cinnamon is so common and delicious, it is easy to add it to your diet daily. You can sprinkle it into your oatmeal, apples, whole grain toast with a bit of honey,  your morning latte, or even add it to savory dishes such as cinnamon chicken.

While we still don’t have a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, it helps to know we can take some control of our health in simple ways to potentially stave off the disease or reverse some of the symptoms. Adding spices to your diet such as turmeric, sage, and cinnamon is a great way to experiment with some new recipes and flavors, knowing you’re doing something healthy for yourself or someone you love.


For more easy to follow nutrition advice check out The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach to Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment, or visit to learn more about Neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson's 9 week diet plan and his cutting edge approach in the fight against AD in Alzheimer's Treatment | Alzheimer's Prevention: A Patient and Family Guide 2012 Edition. Also, sign up for the newsletter to get the latest updates in AD treatment and prevention news.

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