Scientists at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, United States are asking this amazing question: Can Curcumin repair some of the brain damage caused by stroke if treated immediately? The reason for this somewhat surprising question is the results gleaned from recent experiments involving rabbits. Curcumin has difficulty passing the blood brain barrier and the drug used in the study was a derivative of Curcumin designed to overcome this problem. The animal studies showed that the medication could reach the brain cells of the rabbits and reduced muscle and movement problems for up to three hours after administration. The results have excited researchers and they are now contemplating human trials. The findings from the study were described as the "first significant research" by The Stroke Association and they believe that the medication could in future be a treatment for stroke patients.
Other studies using animal models include the research conducted at the Medical College of Georgia in the United States. In the study Jay McCracken and colleagues were able to reduced the size of blood clots in mice which as a result would lessen the chances of hemorrhagic stroke. An hemorrhagic stroke is a type of stroke caused by the rupturing of blood vessels which then leak into the brain. Other research results indicate that stroke victims who take a combination of Curcumin and Magnesium have up to 50% less damage to the brain