In India, where people eat curry almost every day, the Alzheimer's disease rate is one-fourth the U.S. rate. Now researchers think they may know why. A University of California, Los Angeles study in mice showed that curcumin — the active ingredient in turmeric, which gives curry that distinctive yellow color — broke up brain plaques of amyloid beta, the abnormal protein buildup that is a hallmark of Alzheimer's.
Healthy way to dish it up:
For a brain-boosting chicken salad, toss 2 teaspoons curry powder with 2 cups cubed chicken. Sauté in olive oil until cooked, then cool. Add raisins, diced apples, chopped almonds, chopped celery, and low-fat yogurt, to taste.
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