Turmeric Compound Found to Regenerate Nerve Stem Cells

By /

I take my Curcumin every morning and evening as it’s in the Regenexx stem cell support supplement. I do this because it’s a natural anti-inflammatory and potent anti-oxidant, but now new research shows additional turmeric benefits as a cousin compound found in the whole root may help to regenerate nerve cells in the brain.

Turmeric is a root of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. Turmeric’s active compounds include four identified curcuminoids and four turmerones. There’s quite a bit published on the anti-inflammatory properties of the Curcumin component of tumeric root, with one recent study showing it to be as potent as Ibuprofen. This part of the root also has anti-cancer and anti-oxidant properties. In addition, the tumerones have gained attention in neurologic diseases.

The ar-tumerone compound, one of the four found in the whole tumeric root, made a big splash last week in a neural regeneration study. In the research out of Germany, these compounds caused stem cells in the brain to grow and proliferate, both in the petri dish and in lab rats. This is a very big deal, as adult brains aren’t great at growing large numbers of new nerve cells, even though they can use local nerve stem cells to repair or replace worn out cells. As a result, this new finding could mean that adults with neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s will fare better when given tumeric or it’s derivatives. In addition, the new study showed that the compound could be effective in helping reduce neural inflammation, thought to be a big problem in Alzheimer’s disease. So far, another mouse study has also identified other tumeric components beyond Curcumin that may help reduce the plaque formation seen in this disease. Regrettably, human data is pretty sparse at this point.

The upshot? You may want to consider taking the whole turmeric root or it’s powder for brain health. Having said that, the isolated Curcumin in high doses with Bioperrine is a great anti-inflammatory, so you may want to take this plus a whole root supplement, as it’s unlikely the whole root has enough “oomph” to provide good relief for your various aches and pains!

Join us for a free Regenexx webinar.
Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications. View Profile

If you have questions or comments about this blog post, please email us at [email protected]

NOTE: This blog post provides general information to help the reader better understand regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal health, and related subjects. All content provided in this blog, website, or any linked materials, including text, graphics, images, patient profiles, outcomes, and information, are not intended and should not be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please always consult with a professional and certified healthcare provider to discuss if a treatment is right for you.

Get Blog Updates by Email

We do not sell, or share your information to third party vendors.

By submitting the form you agree that you’ve read and consent to our Privacy Policy. We may use email, phone, or other electronic means to communicate information about Regenexx.

We will provide information to help you decide whether you want to schedule an evaluation with a Regenexx Physician.

Insurance typically covers evaluations and diagnostic testing (if recommended). Most insurance plans currently do not cover Regenexx Procedures.

Copyright © Regenexx 2021. All rights reserved.



9035 Wadsworth Pkwy #1000
Westminster, CO 80021


*DISCLAIMER: Like all medical procedures, Regenexx® Procedures have a success and failure rate. Patient reviews and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else.

Providers listed on the Regenexx website are for informational purposes only and are not a recommendation from Regenexx for a specific provider or a guarantee of the outcome of any treatment you receive.