Saturday, September 30, 2006

Curcumin Efficient Against Colorectal Cancer

A recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) showed that the curcumin pigment in the curry spice prevents colorectal cancer. Numerous previous studies have already acknowledged the beneficial properties of the natural pigment against a wide range of cancers, including colorectal ones. But the current study is based on curcumin's potency to block the neurotensin gastrointestinal hormone, which is closely connected to the production within our bodies of an inflammatory protein which plays a key-role in the growth and proliferation of cancer cells.

The study carried out by UTMB researchers is entitled 'Curcumin inhibits neurotensin-mediated interleukin-8 production and migration of HCT116 human colon cancer cells' Xiaofu Wang et al. It is hoped that further studies will develop new strategies in fighting against colorectal cancer, by using curcumin to inhibit the production of the neurotensin hormone.

Source: BBC Health

Another claim for Turmeric (a sourc of Curcumin) is that it helps to prevent Alzheimers.



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