Turmeric is the spice commonly used in desi foods. But it not only adds flavor to the food but also holds certain health related benefits. According to a new research, Turmeric can help in preventing cancer.
Team of researchers from Pondicherry University and University of Pittsburgh cancer institute, USA, has proved that curcumin, a bioactive ingredient found in turmeric (Curcuma longa) can prevent and cure bowel cancer (colorectal cancer).
So far, anti-cancer properties of curcumin were well-known but the mechanism by which the bright yellow organic compound cures the cancer remained a mystery.
The team, headed by R Baskaran, associate professor (biochemistry and molecular biology) at Pondicherry University, discovered the mechanism by which curcumin kills hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer cells and documented their findings.
`Molecular and cellular biochemistry’, a and cellular biochemistry’, a peer-reviewed international journal brought out by Springer Science+Business Media, New York, published their research paper in its March, 2016 edition. The team included Hemanth Naick, a PhD student of Pondicherry University, and Shunqian Jin, a researcher at University of Pittsburgh cancer institute.
The team now has launched efforts to combine curcumin with other natural compounds to discover a new combination with enhanced anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant proper ties.