This mini-article entitled 'The Spice is Right' appeared in Dublin's Metro
'commuter' newspaper on July 16th 2009 (p6) - Minicosm - Science and Discovery in Brief.
The Spice that gives curry a yellow colour could protect women having hormone replacement
therapy against breast cancer. Curcumin, the main ingredient of turmeric, stops tumours triggered
by HRT treatment from either growing or spreading quickly, say researchers in the US. It also prevents the
appearance of serious abnormalities in the mammary glands that can lead to the cancer. Curcumin, a member of the
ginger family, is widely used in Indian and Chinese medicine for a range of ailments including Alzheimer's,
rheumatism and abdominal pain.
Turmeric has many magical qualitities. Over the centuries it has been put to use for
both cooking and medicinal purposes. However another advantage of turmeric has recently been uncovered:
it seems to prevent weight gain! curcumin, the key polyphenol in turmeric, seems to also aid in
restraining the growth of fat tissue in animal models. This added advantage of turmeric was discovered
by the investigators from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts
University (USDA HNRCA).
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