The compound that makes curry
yellow could help fight skin cancer, U.S. researchers reported.
They said curcumin, found in the spice turmeric, interferes with
Tests in laboratory dishes show that curcumin made melanoma skin
cancer cells more likely to self-destruct in a process known as
The same team has found that curcumin helped stop the spread of
breast cancer tumor cells to the lungs of mice.
Bharat Aggarwal of the Department of Experimental Therapeutics at
the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and
colleagues treated three batches of melanoma cells, known as cell
lines, with curcumin at different doses and for varying times.
The curcumin suppressed two proteins that tumor cells use to keep
themselves immortal, the researchers write in next month's issue of
the journal Cancer.
"Based on our studies, we conclude the curcumin is a potent
suppressor of cell viability and inducer of apoptosis in melanoma
cell lines," Aggarwal's team wrote.
"Future investigation to determine the effects of curcumin in animal
models of melanoma and clinical trials are planned."
research has shown that curcumin, which acts as an antioxidant, can
help prevent tumors from forming in the laboratory.
Aggarwal said people who eat plenty of turmeric have lower rates of
some cancers, although the spice itself has not been shown to reduce
cancer risk in people.
The curry tree is native to India; today, it
is found wild or become wild again, almost everywhere in the Indian
subcontinent excluding the higher levels of the Himalayas. In the
East, its range extends into Burma.
The leaves are the part
that are used. Since they lose their delicate fragrance when
dried, you should try to obtain them fresh; don't waste your
time with the dried stuff!
- Sensoric quality of curry is fresh
and pleasant, remotely reminiscent of tangerines. It belongs
to citrus family.