Turmeric and Memory

“We should then build a society that is capable of co-existing in a just manner, in a dignified manner, and in a way that protects life.”

-Berta Caceres

Happy Women’s History Month! Here at Intelligence Tree, we would like to highlight Berta Caceres’ historic work. Caceres was a passionate environmentalist from Honduras who led campaigns against illegal logging, damming, and human rights violations by plantation owners. She also supported a large variety of humanitarian groups, particularly ones that sought justice for indigenous populations. In 2015, she was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her continuous and courageous activism. We admire Caceres for her outspoken passion to care for our planet, as well as her undeniable bravery in the face of powerful opposition.

This month, we will be talking about a cousin to ginger: turmeric. Turmeric is a root that is often used as a spice and has a rich, golden-orange color that stains easily. It can be used in cooking, taken as a supplement, used as a dye, made into skin or hair masks and even added (in small doses) in smoothies. A bit of turmeric goes a long way, so be sure not to use too much!

Moroccan Chicken Recipe


1 pound cubed chicken breast

2 teaspoon salt

1 onion, chopped

2 carrots, sliced

2 stalks celery, sliced

1 tablespoon minced ginger root

½ teaspoon paprika

¾ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

1 ½ cups chicken broth

1 cup crushed tomatoes

1 cup canned chickpeas, drained

1 zucchini, sliced

1 tablespoon lemon juice


Season chicken with salt and brown in a large saucepan over medium heat until almost cooked through. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

Saute onion, garlic, carrots and celery in same pan. When tender, stir in ginger, paprika, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper and turmeric; stir fry for about 1 minute, then mix in broth and tomatoes. Return chicken to pan, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Add chickpeas and zucchini to pan and bring to simmering once again; cover pan and cook for about 15 minutes, or until zucchini is cooked through and tender. Stir in lemon juice and serve.

Following the wisdom of the ages, Intelligence Tree incorporates turmeric in many of its products, such as NuMemory. It helps maintain healthy, normal memory function and is recommended that you take daily for best results. NuMemory contains other wonderful herbs such as ginger, bacopa and rosemary. Available in vapor or capsule form, and you can purchase NuMemory here.

* Small GW, Siddarth P, Zhaoping L, et al. (2018). Memory and brain amyloid and tau effects of a bioavailable form of curcumin in non-demented adults: A double-blind, placebo-controlled 18-month trial. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2018;26(3), 266-277).


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