Today, it's widely acknowledged that free curcumin, or the curcumin that enters the blood stream, reduces inflammation.vii The connection between inflammation and brain health in recent years has prompted scientists to take a closer look. For example, a review published in the American Journal of Epidemiology noted elderly people for whom curry was a regular part of their diet perform better on cognitive tests than elderly people who didn't regularly eat curry.viii
Researchers have also observed in animal trials that curcumin protects brain cells from damage commonly observed in patients with memory loss.ix A review of recent research reported curcumin reduces inflammation in the brain.x The study did note one important factor: much of the success noted in animal tests hasn't translated into success in human trials due to the human body's inability to absorb most of the curcumin consumed.
Longvida® Curcumin Improves Absorption
Typically, only about 5% of regular curcumin gets absorbed.xi That means for a 400 mg supplement, you'd only get about 20 mg. Optimized Curcumin with Omega-3 resolves this problem by using a unique form of curcumin known as Curcumin SLCP, or Longvida® Curcumin. SLCP stands for solid lipid curcumin particle. It increases the amount of curcumin absorbed by 285 times. Compared to standard curcumin, the SLCP curcumin floods the body with free curcumin.
A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food reported this form of curcumin outperformed standard curcumin in lab tests. The Longvida® Curcumin decreased levels of inflammatory markers including nitric oxide, interleukin-6 and prostaglandin- E2.xii North Texas researchers confirmed in a clinical trial that this higher amount of bioavailable curcumin does reduce inflammation and inflammatory markers. They observed significant decreases in inflammatory molecules TNF-alpha and Interleukin-8 in human subjects with high levels of exercise induced muscle inflammation.xiii
Longvida® Curcumin has also performed well to support memory and mood. A placebo-controlled, double-blind study of 60 elderly individuals reported the curcumin groupxiv:
- Performed better on memory tests
- Showed an improved working memory as compared to the placebo group
- Experienced less fatigue
- Enjoyed a better mood
Omega-3 for Maximum Support
Did your grandmother ever say, "Eat your fish, it will make you smart." We'll she might have been on to something. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish do support a healthy brain. And I'm not saying that because your grandmother told me to, it's backed up by science. A small double-blind, placebo-controlled study compared memory and recall in older healthy men and women ages 50-75. The group that received the omega-3 fatty acids showed better recall of object locations in a memory performance test.xv These results fit with a study of patients suffering memory loss that found adding omega-3 fatty acids slowed the speed of decline.xvi
Scientists have identified two ways omega-3 supports the brain:
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- Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation.A comprehensive review of omega-3 fatty acid research noted numerous studies that show decreases in inflammation in the presence of these fatty acids.xvii The precise mechanisms of how they do it continue to be researched.
- Omega-3 fatty acids increase blood flow to the brain.An article published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease reports patients who have high levels of omega-3 levels had greater blood flow to areas of the brain responsible for memory, learning and mood. Lead author of the study Daniel G. Amen, MD, of the Amen Clinics Inc., Costa Mesa, CA, said:"This is very important research because it shows a correlation between lower omega-3 fatty acid levels and reduced brain blood flow to regions important for learning, memory, depression and dementia."xviii