This mini-article entitled 'The Spice is Right' appeared in Dublin's Metro 'commuter' newspaper on July 16th 2009 (p6) - Minicosm - Science anturmericd 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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