John on January 8, 2007 at 4:20 pm
No one is proclaiming it a cure just yet, but several studies seem to suggest one of the spices used in curry has some amazing properties:
A study in the November issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism suggests turmeric, one component of curry spice, almost completely prevented joint swelling in rats with arthritis. Other studies have suggested that the spice could protect against diseases such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s, a degenerative brain disease that afflicts nearly 5 million people in the USA.
Rates of Alzheimer’s in India are about four times lower than in the USA, says Gregory Cole, a researcher at the University of California-Los Angeles. His studies suggest that curry contains a powerful substance that might protect the brain from damage that leads to Alzheimer’s.
Curry also may offer some protection against cancer. “Indians eat from 100 to 200 milligrams of curry every day, and that might be enough to prevent cancer,” says Aggarwal of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas.
The curcumin in curry seems to shut down genes that trigger the development and the spread of breast cancer, animal studies in Aggarwal’s lab suggest. And a preliminary human study suggests curcumin supplements might — in a handful of cases — be able to stabilize pancreatic cancer, he says.
Epidemiology studies in humans also have linked frequent use of turmeric spice to lower rates of breast, prostate and colon cancer, he says.
I think it’s time to pick up a curry cookbook.
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