Curry Compound May Curb Diabetes Risk: Study

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Supplements containing a compound found in curry spice may help prevent diabetes in people at high risk, according to a Thai study.

Researchers, whose results were published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that over nine months, a daily dose of curcumin seemed to prevent new cases of diabetes among Continue reading

Coriander-This Spice Could Help Slash Harmful Cholesterol

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Coriander is an herb often used in Indian food. It is almost guaranteed to be included in any curry dish. Coriander is also used quite frequently in Thai cooking. It has a delicious taste that is quite distinct and unique. What an added bonus that this tasty herb is also very good for you! Researchers have determined that coriander could help lower blood glucose and LDL cholesterol levels.

A recent clinical trial set out to investigate the potential hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic activity of coriander seed. In the animal study, coriander extract was given to both obese rats with elevated blood glucose and cholesterol levels and normal rats. The researchers found that the coriander extract suppressed hyperglycemia in the obese rats and helped to lower LDL cholesterol levels. They concluded that coriander seed extract in obese rats normalized glycemia Continue reading

Turmeric Fights Tumors

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Turmeric, the spice that makes mustard yellow, has medical folks making plans for a new weapon in the war on cancer. An extract of the turmeric root contains the phytochemical curcumin, which has been shown to eliminate cancer cells from the body. And it costs as little as $8 to administer at levels that rival the effects of chemotherapy.

Turmeric, a perennial herb prized in Ayurvedic medicine, is also known as the gold-colored Indian spice used to make curry. Now, it’s winning renown as nutritional chemotherapy.

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This low-cost, natural substance is taken by countless people every day to prevent cancer — and at chemotherapy levels to treat cancer in early and advanced stages without side effects.

Curcumin is one of hundreds of natural chemicals Continue reading

Use your Diet to Turn off Cancer

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Orthodox medicine wants you to believe that 95% of cancer is in the genes you inherit. But how your genes react to environmental and dietary influences is far more important. That area of research is called Epigenetics. Certain genes that help prevent cancer are turned off with certain foods while other foods turn on genes to fight cancer.

Avoid or Minimize Sugar

Of course, avoiding or minimizing sugar doesn’t mean replacing it with aspartame or other toxic sweeteners. It does mean avoiding high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It also means avoiding refined grains. Apparently, the cancer industry has ignored 1930s Nobel Prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg’s discovery that cancer cells thrive on glucose and die in oxygen rich environments. Continue reading

Fenugreek Best Way to Ward off Cold

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LONDON – Don’t reach out for paracetamol if you’re down with a cold, instead, try out fenugreek in your curry to keep yourself warm, says a study.

A nutritionist claims fenugreek, a common ingredient in Indian cuisine, is a ‘winter elixir’ whose anti-viral properties not only alleviate cold and flu symptoms but also prevent the conditions starting in the first place.

The spice, also called Greek hay and wild clover, has been recognised as having medicinal properties for centuries.

During a three-month winter period, 20 volunteers, 10 with colds and flu symptoms and 10 without, consumed half a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds twice a week in a curry, the Daily Mail reports.

The cold-afflicted volunteers reported immediate and sustained relief from symptoms of running nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat and fatigue.

Volunteers who were fit and healthy at the outset remained that way for the duration of the trial, despite usually coming down with a cold at least once in the same period.

The test was conducted by Anglo-Indian chef Gurpareet Bains, author of Indian Superfood. He plans further clinical trials with the help of an American university.

“We already know that some foods and spices can help alleviate the symptoms of cold, but the results of these studies show that fenugreek is significantly more beneficial,” he said.

Curry Compound Kills Cancer

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A molecule found in a curry ingredient can kill esophageal cancer cells in the laboratory, suggesting it might be developed as an anti-cancer treatment, scientists said on Wednesday.

Researchers at the Cork Cancer Research Center in Ireland treated esophageal cancer cells with curcumin, a chemical found in the spice turmeric, which gives curries a distinctive yellow color, and found it started to kill cancer cells within 24 hours.

The cells also began to digest themselves, they said in a study published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Previous scientific studies have suggested curcumin can suppress tumors and that people who eat lots of curry may be less prone to the disease, although curcumin loses its anti-cancer attributes quickly when ingested.

But Sharon McKenna, lead author of the Irish study, said her research suggested a potential for scientists to develop curcumin as an anti-cancer drug to treat esophageal cancer.

Cancers of the esophagus kill more than 500,000 people across the world each year. The tumors are especially deadly, with five-year survival rates of just 12 to 31 percent.

The curcumin used “an unexpected system of cell messages” that caused the cancer cells to die, McKenna said.

Normally, faulty cells die by committing programmed suicide, or apoptosis, which occurs when proteins called caspases are “switched on” in cells, the researchers said.

But these cells showed no evidence of suicide, and the addition of a molecule that inhibits caspases and stops this “switch being flicked’ made no difference to the number of cells that died, suggesting curcumin attacked the cancer cells using an alternative cell signaling system.

In 2007, U.S. researchers said they had found curcumin may help stimulate immune system cells in Alzheimer’s disease.

Curry Spice ‘Kills Cancer Cells’

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An extract found in the bright yellow curry spice turmeric can kill off cancer cells, scientists have shown.

The chemical – curcumin – has long been thought to have healing powers and is already being tested as a treatment for arthritis and even dementia.

Now tests by a team at the Cork Cancer Research Centre show it can destroy gullet cancer cells in the lab.

Cancer experts said the findings in the British Journal of Cancer could help doctors find new treatments.

Dr Sharon McKenna and her team found that curcumin started to kill cancer cells within 24 hours.

The cells also began to digest themselves, after the curcumin triggered lethal cell death signals.

Dr McKenna said: “Scientists have known for a long time that natural compounds have the potential to treat faulty cells that have become cancerous and we suspected that curcumin might have therapeutic value.”

Dr Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, said: “This is interesting research which opens up the possibility that natural chemicals found in turmeric could be developed into new treatments for oesophageal cancer.

“Rates of oesophageal cancer rates have gone up by more than a half since the 70s and this is thought to be linked to rising rates of obesity, alcohol intake and reflux disease so finding ways to prevent this disease is important too.”

Each year around 7,800 people are diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in the UK. It is the sixth most common cause of cancer death and accounts for around five percent of all UK cancer deaths.