Curry may fight bowel cancer!?

Researchers from Ireland and Poland found that curcumin, a compound found in the popular Indian spice turmeric that gives curry powder its distinct yellow colour, killed oesophageal cancer cells in the lab via an unexpected cell-death mechanism that did not involve apoptosis or cell suicide.

Moreover, they found that the compound started killing cancer cells within 24 hours and the cells began to digest themselves.

The researches have been held under the supervision of lead author Dr. Sharon McKenna at the Cork Cancer Research Centre, University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland, and colleagues, and appeared in the British Journal of Cancer.

Researchers hope that within three years they will have established once-and-for-all that one of our favourite curry ingredients is helping to prevent bowel cancer.

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