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Jan 16, 2006

Turmeric Could Halt Prostate Cancer

Turmeric Could Halt Prostate Cancer
Turmeric is a yellow spice used widely in Indian style cooking. Recently some US researchers have shown that curcumin, an active compound found in turmeric, helped stop the spread of breast cancer tumour cells in mice. A more recent research now shows that turmeric holds real potential for the treatment and prevention of prostate cancer, particularly when used in combination with certain vegetables.

These reserchers tested turmeric, along with phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), a naturally occurring substance particularly abundant in a group of vegetables that includes watercress, cabbage, winter cress, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, kohlrabi and turnips. They found that this combination was found to be very effective in prevention of prostate cancer. Researchers claim that a combination of PEITC and curcumin could be effective in treating established prostate cancers.

These results are published in the Jan. 15 issue of the journal Cancer Research by Kong and his colleagues at Rutgers' Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.


The authors noted that in contrast to the high incidence of prostate cancer in the United States, the incidence of this disease is very low in India. This has been attributed to the dietary consumption of large amounts of plant-based foods rich in phytochemicals - nonnutritive plant chemicals that have protective or disease-preventive properties.

Consequently, scientists have been investigating intervention options based on compounds found in edible and medicinal plants. They have had some success, and a majority of patients with prostate cancer are now combining the conventional therapies with these compounds as alternative, supplementary or complementary medications.

For Kong's study, researchers used mice bred so that their immune systems would not reject foreign biological material and injected the mice with cells from human prostate cancer cell lines to grow tumors against which the compounds could be tested.

Mark      



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Prostate cancer
The prostate is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum in male. The tube that carries urine runs through the prostate. The prostate contains cells that make some of the seminal fluid. This fluid protects and nourishes the sperm. Prostate cancer usually starts in the gland cells of the prostate. This kind of cancer is known as adenocarcinoma. Prostate cancer is usually a slow disease, but sometimes it can grow fast and spread quickly to other organs.

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