Friday, January 13, 2006

Tuck into that Curry!


"You never listened to your amma, but she was right
about the myriad benefits of turmeric. Now the powers
that be are saying it too.

A recent study at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson
Cancer Center shows that curcumin, which is the main
ingredient of turmeric and the compound that gives curry its
mustard-yellow color, halts the spread of breast cancer in mice.
The spice seems to shut down a protein that is active in the
spread of breast cancer. Though the study results are early,
researchers found that the nontoxic natural substance not only
repelled progression of the disease to the lungs, but also
appeared to reverse the effects of paclitaxel, a commonly
prescribed chemotherapy for breast cancer that may trigger
spread of the disease with use over a long period of time.

“We are excited about the results of the study and the possible
implications for taking the findings into the clinic in the next
several years,” says Bharat Aggarwal, Ph.D., professor of cancer
medicine in M. D.Anderson’s Department of Experimental

Meanwhile, you can’t go wrong currying favor with turmeric.
So eat your curry!"

- from Little India magazine

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