I only ask as I’ve just been reading a report that turmeric, widely used in curries, appears to be a wonder drug when it comes to curing oesophageal cancer. Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin, which has long been thought to harbour healing powers and is already being tested as a treatment for arthritis and even dementia; which sounds fine, as long as those with dementia remember to take it.
A team at the Cork Cancer Research Centre has shown that turmeric can destroy gullet cancer cells in the lab. Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin, which can start to kill cancer cells responsible for oesophageal cancer within 24 hours. The cancer cells start digesting themselves once the curcumin sends messages to the cancer cells to begin killing themselves off.
This is particularly good news since oesophageal cancer kills around 7,800 people in the UK each year and the rates have doubled over the past 30 years. Obesity and alcohol appear to be the prime suspects for the increase so the bad news is that you probably won't be able to have a nice ice-cold bottle of Cobra with your curry.
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