Wednesday October 28 2009
Turmeric is used to add colour and flavour to curries
Extracts from the yellow curry spice turmeric can kill off cancer cells, according to BBC News. New research from the Cork Cancer Research Centre shows that the extract can destroy oesophagus cancer cells in a lab.
Oesophageal cancer cells are often resistant to cell death (the aim of chemotherapy), so in this laboratory study the researchers investigated the effects of curcumin (the active extract from turmeric) on a range of different types of cancer cells from the gullet. Introducing the chemical induced a type of cell death, called mitotic catastrophe.
While it is too soon to call this a cure for cancer, the findings pave the way for further investigations into the potential of plant-derived substances that are able to induce cell death in cancer cells. This could be particularly important for treating cancers that have so far proved resistant to chemotherapy.
more info http://www.nhs.uk/news/2009/10October/Pages/turmeric-curry-spice-cancer-treatment.aspx