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Longvida Curcumin and health in older adults

This study will investigate the effects of curcumin supplementation on mental function, mood and health in older adults, aged 60 to 85, who either have or have not experienced an age related decline in their memory or mental function.

For thousands of years the spice turmeric has been used in traditional medicines to treat a wide variety of ailments. Curcumin is the compound in turmeric that gives it its bright yellow colour and is generally thought to be the source of potentially benefits. In recent years curcumin has been shown to have many valuable properties including being an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It has been suggested that curcumin may enhance mood and mental function, however further research is needed to investigate these possible benefits.

The aim of this study is to examine the acute and chronic effects of four weeks of daily curcumin supplementation on performance on a range of cognitive tasks as well as on mood and health in older individuals. In a subset of participants, a second stage of this study will investigate the effects of curcumin supplementation on brain activity using state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques.

Stage 1 of this study is now complete. We will be seeking participants for Stage 2 in 2015. Please register your interest with Kate if you think you might like to take part.

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Kate Cox
Email: kcox@swin.edu.au

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