Impacts of nutritional supplementation with turmeric on executive function tests in college students

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https://doi.org/10.33448/rsd-v11i11.33431

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Curcumin; Dietary Supplements; Neuropsychological Tests; Plant, Medicinal; Executive function.

Abstract

Introduction: Executive functions (EFs) involve three interconnected dimensions: working memory, cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control. Curcumin, present in Curcuma longa rhizomes or turmeric, has been used for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, and neuroprotective effects, with potential for prevention/treatment of highly prevalent pathologies that burden healthcare systems, such as dementias. Methodology: This paper evaluated whether turmeric consumption by college students impacts their executive performance. University students underwent tests assessing FEs before and after nutritional supplementation with 1g/day of turmeric for 4 weeks. Results: Acute or chronic turmeric consumption had no significant impacts on tests assessing selective attention, working memory, abstract reasoning, cognitive strategy modification and problem solving. Conclusions: The absence of significant effects may be due to the characteristics of the experimental design that analyzed a young population with cognitive integrity. The low absorption/bioavailability of curcumin may also have influenced the results.

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Published

19/08/2022

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LIEBERENZ, F. S.; SANTOS, L. A. P.; SILVA, H. P. F. da .; GONÇALVES, A. H. .; ANJOS, A. P. dos .; COSTA, L. K. D. .; CARLI, G. de P.; ALVES, C. C. de S. .; CARLI, A. de P.; AMARAL, E. A. . Impacts of nutritional supplementation with turmeric on executive function tests in college students. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 11, n. 11, p. e193111133431, 2022. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v11i11.33431. Disponível em: https://rsdjournal.org/index.php/rsd/article/view/33431. Acesso em: 6 oct. 2022.

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