|Curries knock cancer dead|
LONDON - Curries are good in more ways than one.
Cancer researchers are now saying that a substance found in the curry spice tumeric can kill cancer cells within 24 hours.
Scientists based at the Cork Cancer Research Centre treated oesophageal cancer cells with curcumin – a chemical found in the tumeric.
The researchers discovered that curcumin triggered lethal death signals in the cancer cells, killing them within a day. The cells also began to digest themselves and die.
The results of the study were published in the British Journal of Cancer on Wednesday.
Dr Sharon McKenna, the lead researcher, said the results might mean curcumin could be developed as an anti-cancer drug to treat oesophageal cancer.
Curcumin is what gives turmeric, which is related to ginger, its orangy-yellow colour.
Traditional medical practioners have long used turmeric to treat ailments as it has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties and is said to lower cholestrol.