March 2010 Issue
Hot Spices Take on Breast Cancer
Emerging evidence links spicesóturmeric, in particularówith cancer protection. A new laboratory study from the Department of Internal Medicine and Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Michigan is one of the first to find that turmeric (the spice found in curry) and black pepper compounds might work to fight breast cancer by hampering the growth of stem cells. Scientists hypothesize that stem cells might be the force behind the growth in a tumor. The researchers applied solutions of the turmeric polyphenol, curcumin, and the black pepper polyphenol, piperine, on breast cells, and observed a decrease in the number of stem cells with no effect on normal cells.
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