Fact or Myth: Curcumin Can Help Prevent Fluoride Damage

This is a FACT.

Fluoride is lurking everywhere, and no matter how diligent we may be, exposure is inevitable. Fluoride floods our drinking water, makes an appearance in our antibiotics, and coats our nonstick pans and toothpastes. While we can’t entirely avoid fluoride, we can counteract its deleterious effects by supplementing with a potent herb. A recent study praises a common spice for its brain-saving properties, particularly its ability to protect the brain against fluoride damage.

Indian Turmeric AbstractCurcumin = Colorful and Potent

Turmeric has been used in India for over 5000 years to provide zest to meals and medicine to ailments. Older adults in India have Alzheimer’s rates four times lower than rates in America, a discrepancy attributed to high consumption of turmeric. A recent study showed that less than a gram of turmeric a day for 12 weeks influenced “remarkable improvements” in the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Turmeric owes its neuroprotective powers to the polyphenol curcumin, which gives the spice its orange hue. Curcumin has demonstrated more than 150 potentially therapeutic properties, and over 200 peer-reviewed studies point to its brain-saving capacities.

A recent study published in Pharmacognosy Magazine substantiates previous studies by demonstrating that curcumin can help prevent fluoride damage.

The Link Between Curcumin and Fluoride

Researchers separated mice into four groups that were given different treatments for 30 days.

Group 1: Control (no fluoride)

Group 2: Fluoride only

Group 3: Fluoride + Curcumin

Group 4: Curcumin only

Researchers then measured the levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) in the brain. (The higher the MDA content, the more oxidative damage the brain has sustained.) The fluoride-only group exhibited dramatically elevated MDA levels compared to the non-fluoride group…and the group that received fluoride and curcumin showed significantly reduced MDA levels compared to the fluoride-only group.

Researchers concluded:

“Our study thus demonstrates that daily single dose of 120 ppm F result in highly significant increases in the LPO [lipid peroxidation, i.e. brain rancidity] as well as neurodegenerative changes in neuron cell bodies of selected hippocampal regions. Supplementation with curcumin significantly reduce the toxic effect of F to near normal level by augmenting the antioxidant defense through its scavenging property and provide an evidence of having therapeutic role against oxidative stress mediated neurodegeneration.”

Curcumin’s Brain-Saving Powers

Curcumin can help prevent fluoride damage through its antioxidant potency and protect against neurodegenerative diseases through its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. Research shows that curcumin prevents the buildup of destructive amyloids in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, and can also help dissolve existing plaque. Several studies demonstrate curcumin’s beneficial effect on treating Parkinson’s disease, partially due to its anti-inflammatory nature. In fact, curcumin has been shown to influence over 700 genes!

Sprinkle in turmeric to add some kick to your meals, but to ensure a daily dose, consider investing in your health with a high quality curcumin supplement.