TURMERIC CAN STOP COLON CANCER GROWTH
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According to a research article in the recent issue of Clinical Cancer Research, turmeric (Haldi in Hindi)ís active ingredient curcumin blocks the activity of neurotensin, a gastrointestinal hormone, which is generated in response to fat consumption. Neurotensin has been linked to the development of a variety of cancer cells, including colorectal cancer and pancreatic tumour cells. Neurotensinís influence, according to the researchers, depends on bio-chemical signaling pathways inside the cell. Curcumin dulled these signals thereby reducing risk of cancer. Research also showed that neurotensin increased the migration of colorectal cancer cells, and that curcumin could suppress this migration. This also could reduce the ability of colorectal cancer to spread to other parts of the body.
The spice protects liver, inhibit cancerous tumours, and fights infections because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used as an antiseptic in Indian traditional medicine. India has among the lowest rates of colon cancer, as low as 10% to 15% of the western rates which is attributed to high turmeric and dietary fibre intake. Most of the Indian curries use turmeric liberally as a spice.
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