A Spice That’s Nice for Your Pancreas
Wake up your taste buds, and protect your pancreas while you're at it,
with some Indian food this weekend. Or try a Thai dish.
Turmeric -- the spice that gives curry and other Far Eastern fare its
strong, distinctive flavor -- may lower your risk of pancreatic cancer.
So find that takeout number.
It's Good to Be Yellow
Curcumin, the yellow stuff in turmeric, may do in tumor cells. When
researchers added the substance to cancerous pancreas cells, production
practically shut down -- thanks to a clampdown on cytokines, chemicals
linked to tumor growth and cell survival. (Find out why Indian food
after a workout may make you feel a whole lot better.)
When you want a healthy, happy pancreas, you've got plenty of foods to
choose from. Try these, for instance:
- Onion and arugula. They're darn tasty on sandwiches
- and pack these special cancer-clubbing flavonols.
- Fish, eggs, and poultry. Find out why these are better
- choices for your pancreas than processed meats.
- D-fortified cereals and dairy. This key vitamin could really give
- you protection. Find out the optimal amount in this tip.
This scrumptious EatingWell recipe, Potato Curry with Peas, can
complement your main course or make a satisfying (and heart-healthy)
main meal. Either way, it's sure to please!
RealAge Benefit: Making healthful substitutions when cooking can
make your RealAge 3 to 12 years younger.
3 Feel-Better Postworkout Foods
What's the best snack to grab after a major workout? How about a bowl
of whole-grain cereal, a bite of Indian takeout, or a big nonfat latte.
Each nosh option has a special ingredient that may help your body
recover better and nip postworkout pain in the bud.
The 3 Cs
What, exactly, do these snacks have that others might not?
The three Cs: carbs, curcumin, and caffeine. A carb-rich snack like
cereal can help you overcome fatigue by restoring glycogen -- that
stuff your muscles use for energy. Curcumin, a substance found in the
Indian spice turmeric, may help quell muscle inflammation. And caffeine
from coffee may help block muscle-pain-producing substances.
(Coffee has other health benefits, too. Read about them here.)
More Pain-Free-Exercise Tips
- Warm up first. (Here's the step-by-step way to do it.)
- Stretch, stretch, and stretch some more. (Check out the
- stretches recommended by Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen.)
- Take an aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug 2 hours before
- heavy physical activity (if your doctor says it's okay).
- (Find out which pain relievers are best for postworkout pain.)