Jun 5, 2009 - quirky, Science    13 Comments

The truth about space travel and curry

Gone are the days when parents used to tell their children, “Eat an apple a day, and keep the doctor away.” A new research, obviously carried out by a desi, says that you can ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s if you eat curry two or three times a week. How is that for a diet plan, eh?

Professor Murali Doraiswamy, of Duke University in North Carolina, said there was evidence that people who eat curry meals regularly have a lower risk of dementia. The key ingredient is curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric. Curcumin appears to prevent the spread of amyloid protein plaques – thought to cause dementia – in the brain.

If you are a desi living in the West, now is the time to invest in that curry house. Chances are that you will strike gold.


While we are at weird scientific announcements, Astrobiologist Dr Lewis Dartness revealed that living without gravity would cause space travelers’ bones and muscles not to develop properly, leaving them stunted and weak.

Not only that, body fluid will float up to the brain to give human heads a permanently swollen look and the outer space residing human race of the future will also be “pretty chubby” As there would be no dust around, human will morph into hairless beings.

In short, if the Star Trek franchise led you to believe that Captain Kirk (specially the version played by Chris Pine) is a handsome fellow with a normal sized head full of hair, scientific evidence says otherwise. Long-distance space travel will leave us humans short, fat and bald. I wonder if anyone will aspire to be astronauts anymore?

Chris Pines looks far far away in the space as Captain Kirk


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  • Essentially then, humans will look more like those in Wall-E than the gorgeous Chris Pine. Figures that Pixar got it right.

  • you know something…..

    Ive always wondered.

    they keep depicting it in the movies too.

    man might get fat and short and bald.

    but the women always remain tall and sexy.

    I wonder why….

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  • You know what, Tazeen,

    I had read this report about the curry on bbc.com and there has been criticism on the hypothesis because Mr. Doraiswamy has only tested it on rats :), not on humans.

    They do know that most people who consume turmeric like in the sub-continent have a very low incidence of Alzheimer’s but they have not been able to pinpoint or prove it to turmeric. For all you know, it could be any of the ingredients which are so commonly used in our region.

  • Bonjour Tazeen,

    It seems, when you are writing about the Talibans in Swat and elsewhere, you gather more comments.

    Good news is less exciting though many complain one always hears only about the bad ones.

    The curcumin story is certainly good news. I am not sure however if it would be so wonderful to have three curry meals per week, too much meat. But one can always munch the stuff alone, one grain per day. I wonder how it tastes.

    Just to know if it is worthwhile to keep away those ills. Because, as the saying goes, there are two things certain in life: death and taxes.

    So, if one does not die of Alzh. or cancer, the possibility remains that one dies of something else.


  • something fresh, something hatke!
    i have curry all the time…now i’m happy that for all the pimples n heat boils i get now, at least i wont get ‘Mad’ later on in life 😛

    lolsss at Georg’s comment 😀

    be well…

  • Yes, this might very well be the reason that Indians and Pakistanis are the smartest and least-demented people on Earth.

    I shudder to think what would have happened to us if we didn’t have the sahara or our tarkaris

  • Do I sense some sarcasm behind “Chris Pines looks far far away in the space as Captain Kirk”??? =p

  • I dont believe in this medical sciences theories….there must be some research (theory) which will say…that eating curry will cause exactly opposite to what u have written…these guys are weird…

  • This post inspired me to go up to Devon Ave (desi area in Chicago) and get some chicken biryani. Thought you should know.

  • I’m from the subcontinent and I want to know what exactly is a curry? We have so many types!

  • Hi Tazeen

    I read the article on the curry even earlier. But I think the study is unscientific to some extent.

    From brain studies it has been found that people who work a lot and over the retirement age are less prone to Alzheimer as well. And overall the people in Asia work far more than others. That could be a critical factor too.

    However the brain is still a hugely unexplored arena even today. There definitely would be a large number of factors that could influence the probability of such a disease. But never the less its a good start I would say.


  • Jhayu,

    I just wanted to use ‘Far far away’ in a sentence 🙂

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