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Turmeric may prevent cancers and skin disorders!

Discussion in 'Indian Diet & Nutrition' started by purnima, Nov 5, 2005.

  1. purnima

    purnima New IL'ite

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    New evidence suggests a common Indian cooking spice is a potent antioxidant that can prevent many diseases. The spice, turmeric, a key ingredient of curry, has been used medicinally for hundreds of years. But scientists are starting to systematically explore the sweeping qualities of the bright-yellow powder.

    An increasing body of scholarly research indicates that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, could be used to prevent a range of illnesses, from cancer to skin disorders. Faced with a number of promising laboratory studies and animal trials, scientists are rushing to test curcumin's effectiveness in humans.

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health has four clinical trials registered that are recruiting patients to test curcumin for pancreatic cancer, multiple myeloma, Alzheimer's and colorectal cancer.

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    Curcumin is cheap, widely available and has no known toxicities. Studies have shown that it has anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering properties. And it is a potential Cox-2 inhibitor, the same mechanism targeted by Merck & Co.'s Vioxx painkiller and a promising anticancer sign.

    Interest in curcumin was piqued after scientists realized that people living in India had lower rates of certain cancers. Researchers theorized that eating curry, which is liberally spiced with turmeric, could be the explanation. Curcumin isn't related to cumin, a spice commonly associated with Moroccan cooking.

    In India, tradition calls for a bride to cover herself with turmeric to prevent wrinkles; some mothers will mix the powder with milk to ease an upset stomach. Johnson & Johnson sells a turmeric Band-Aid in India because the powder is reputed to help heal wounds.
     
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  2. nuggehallipankaja

    nuggehallipankaja New IL'ite

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    The article about turmeric is very educative. I remember elders paying special significance to turmeric; Speaking from personal experience, a spoon of turmeric (ground turmeric powder,not synthetic), taken every night with hot milk keeps even intense cough under control. We use turmeric powder not only for curry, but for uppamav, chutney, kotu, rasam,etc.It gives added flavour,esp,when fried slightly along with other ingredients, Taking turmeric powder in hot milk is good for cold also. To sum up, such educative articles should appear often.
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    I recently read in a newsweek that India has the lowest incidence of Alzheimer's disease in the world. The professor attributed this to curcumin, the yellog pigment in turmeric, an ingredient in curry spice.

    As we all move out to different countries our cooking habits might change to accomodate the new lifestyle. But these types of information help retain the beneficial practices of our homeland.

    Bharthi
     

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