News Stories

The Curry Cure

Curcumin, a chemical found in curry and turmeric, may help the immune system clear the brain of amyloid beta, which form the plaques found in Alzheimer's disease. And tumeric may also help prevent rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. We should obviously all be eating more Indian food!

Using blood samples from six Alzheimer's disease patients, whose ages ranged from 65 to 84, and three healthy control patients, the researchers isolated cells called macrophages, which are the soldiers of the innate immune system and are present at birth. They travel through the brain and body, gobbling up waste products, including amyloid beta.

The team treated the macrophages with a drug derived from curcumin for 24 hours in a cell culture and then introduced amyloid beta. The macrophages from three out of six Alzheimer?s disease patients, that had been treated with curcumin, were much more efficient than macrophages not treated with curcumin. Macrophages from the healthy controls, which were already clearing away the amyloid beta, showed no change when curcumin was added to them.

Tumeric, another spice used in curry, could also help prevent rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, according to new research. Asian doctors have long used this spice to treat inflammation.

Art credit: freeimages.co.uk

It's Christmas, meaning that it's time to stop asking what we can get, and start thinking about what we have to give, and we have lots of wonderful gifts in our unknowncountry.com Christmas store. one of the all-time best is our annual 2007 crop circle calendar. This comes all the way from England and our store is the only place you can buy it in the US! One customer wrote, "I bought the 2006 and 2007 calendar for my sister as a Christmas present. When my husband saw them he had to have the 2006 for his desk at work. The crop circle pictures are truly amazing. I did not realize crop circles are so intrinsic and so beautiful. A must have." And if you're tired of conventional Christmas cards, send crop circle postcards instead! And while you're giving, give US a gift to show us how much you appreciate all the important information we bring you: subscribe today!

To learn more, click here and here.

NOTE: This news story, previously published on our old site, will have any links removed.


Subscribe to Unknowncountry sign up now