Friday, June 10, 2005

Turmeric, to fight cancer?


In January 2005, I posted on how research sponsored by the Kingdom of Thailand is looking into uses of turmeric as a cosmetic ingredient. Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color.

Now comes news that turmeric might control the growth of cancer cells:

"Tests in mice showed that curcumin, an active compound found in turmeric, helped stop the spread of breast cancer tumor cells to the lungs.

Tests have already started in people, too, said Bharat Aggarwal of the Department of Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, who led the study."

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