Researchers think increasing Curcumin intake may boost DHA levels in the brain by magnifying DHA transformation from other Omega 3 precursors, like ALA and DPA, in the liver.
A combination of animal modeling and in vitro cell culture tests were performed. Researchers found an elevation of the enzymes involved in synthesizing DHA which suggests that curcumin may raise DHA content by increasing the enzymes available to enable the conversion of DPA or ALA.
Researchers also noted that dietary intake of curcumin and ALA may reduce anxiety related behaviors.
Since the liver is the main site for most DHA synthesis in the body, researchers have questioned whether some of health benefits associated with curcumin may be caused by curcumin’s ability to synthesis DHA. This finding may have important significance for health and the prevention of cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.
Further study is needed.
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