An ingredient in many curry dishes could hold the key to brain repair, scientists have said.
According the the research from Germany, an ingredient in the yellow curry spice turmeric may hold the key to repairing the brains of people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.
In laboratory tests, aromatic turmerone promoted the proliferation of brain stem cells and their development into neurons, effectively 'regenerating' brain tissue.
The bio-active compound could help scientists develop treatments for conditions in which brain cells are lost, including Alzheimer's and stroke, it is claimed.
Lead researcher Dr Adele Rueger, from the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine in Julich, Germany, said: