Alzheimers and spicy foods

Plate of Curry - Plate of Indian curry
@lilaclady (28240)
Australia
February 18, 2008 10:24pm CST
Alzheimers is a big problem in the world today and I just saw a discussion with a doctor that reports seem to suggest that spicy food could very well be a prevention to Alzheimers. With the huge population of India a study has shown they have the least amount of Alzheimers in the world that the experts suggest could be connected to the spices they add to their food...
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@trickiwoo (2702)
• United States
19 Feb 08
Wow, that is very interesting! And good news for me, because I absolutely love spicy foods! The spicier the better!
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
19 Feb 08
Yep i am trying to think where my nearest Indian restaurant is...:)
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@subha12 (18453)
• India
19 Feb 08
i think its raelly a nice study. i have never knew this. hope if the specific data can be obtained, then we can be more alert about which spices to be used.
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
19 Feb 08
The spices that were mentioned were curry and tumeric and it was said that the most common Indian type spices as the study was done on the Indian statistics and food...
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
19 Feb 08
If that is the case, then I should never get alzheimers. I eat spicy food all of the time. I wander if spicy foods help to prevent alzheimers, if it could actually be part of a cure for the disease as well?
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• Australia
9 Mar 08
I would like it to be true, but it probably isn't. It's more likely to do with aluminium (aluminum). In India, people tend to cook with iron pots and pans, rather than aluminium ones, and I believe they drink softdrink from bottles more than they do from (aluminium) cans. If India ever becomes Westernised to the extent of using aluminium for everything, then you can expect the Alzheimer's rates to increase correspondingly. The best ways I know of to avoid getting "old-timer's disease" is to not use aluminium utensils for cooking, to avoid using antiperspirants that contain aluminium, and to exercise your brain daily. With almost any part of the body, it's a case of "use it or lose it" (obvious exception is RSI from overuse, but you get the picture) - whether it be mobility (from not walking enough), bone density (from not exercising enough), prostate health (from not ... ok, I'll leave that to your imagination, but studies HAVE shown a link) or mental faculties (from not using your brain for anything other than watching tv). Do something mentally challenging every day, either crossword puzzles, sudoku, quizzes, creative writing, memory games, or something along those lines. It's YOUR brain. It's the only one you'll ever have. It's supposed to last you for your whole lifetime, so take good care of it! There are also supplements you can take to help boost the memory - ginkgo is supposed to be good.
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
8 Mar 08
wow!! that is true? this got me excited cause its good news for me. i love spicy food... :D i really do is alzheimers coomon to a gender? or to anyone? i told my mom about this and said i will start giving her some spicy foods, once a week the least. :)
• Philippines
29 Feb 08
Thanks for this additional information. So now i have to force myself to be used to spicy foods and i will share also this information to my parents and relatives. I want to avoid alzheimers, i don't want to lose my memory.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
22 Feb 08
interesting I wonder if that is ALL spices, only hot spices, only particular varieties of spices or what. I mean, does the Mexican population enjoy this same benefit - or are the spices used in latin american of the wrong variety?
@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb 08
Well all I can suggest then is that the Medical Team gets together and try it I can't see it somehow but then again you never know do you
@KrauseHome (35034)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Interesting. Spicy foods, huh? Well, one thing I have to say, is the way the people in like India and Etheopia eat, their food is a lot spicier than what a lot of us here in the US may like, but if it helps cure Alzheimers and they have less cases of this happening, they could be on to something. Personally to some extent, I really like a lot of their food, just on a milder scale than a lot of them like to eat it.
@gandatwo (602)
• Australia
19 Feb 08
Dementia is what my Father suffers from..he has always loved to eat hot curries and chillies etc.I guess further research will give us a greater understanding,do hope it comes up a huge positive.It has been found chillies,garlic and high altitude seems to increase the life span of many folk in areas such as Tibet.Some women there have reportly given birth at the age of seventy plus...now that's a nightmare! Hubby and I both suffer from old timers...don't think there is a thing we can do about it...however will keep enjoying spicy hot foods,perhaps our condition will not worsen!Honey is a great across the board natural medicine,no bacteria can survive I have read.The best recipe is to stay young at heart in conjuction with loads of laughter many have been cured of terminal illiness through laughter I have recently been informed.I am told it must be for several hours a day.One man is said to have cured himself of a terminal illiness simply by watching DVD'S with comedy themes,does say a great deal for laughter,if nothing else guess one would die happy?
@IceMagi2 (102)
• United States
19 Feb 08
If thats the case then I'm never going to have Alzheimers because I love to eat spicy foods.
@kate0250 (315)
• Philippines
19 Feb 08
Oh wow thanks for that because I love eating spicy foods. But you see my mom seems to be forgetting easily bust she doesn't eat any spicy food. Anyway, thanks!
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
19 Feb 08
Well with what I've heard and seen lately I'd probably believe this sooner than what a lot of our doctors would have to say.
• China
19 Feb 08
In my provice in China, people here like chilli and spicy food. I'm glad to see your post.
@alamode (3073)
• United States
19 Feb 08
Thats very interesting! I'll have to research findings for Mexico, etc. We eat a lot of very spicy food at home... Mexican, Szechuan, and we love curry... I hope it does help!