Scientists at Los Angeles University found that the curcumin compound contained in spices raises mood, and regular use improves the memory and cognitive functions of the brain.
Within the framework of tissue studies, scientists concluded that curcumin has significant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in a laboratory environment.
Its activity is comparable to that of industrial pharmaceuticals and may help to stop the development of Alzheimer's disease.
The use of curcumin in food stimulates the activity of amygdala and hypothalamus - brain areas that "respond" to memories, impressions and emotions.
It turns out that curcumin is probably the best natural antidepressant for those whose work and lifestyle are associated with a lot of stress.
Some people who use it as a spice in food get nausea and have stomach pains.