Is Curry good at fighting Cancer?

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As we advance in age, we are apparently less likely to enjoy mega spicy food – there are of course exceptions to any rule. To me, this actually makes quite a bit of sense, as with most things relating to the aging process there is an obvious preference for the ‘simple’ choices. But to offer a contradiction, a recent report commission by the University of Missouri offers a different slant. They recently published a research paper in the Menopause Journal suggesting that older women in particular should consider eating more curry to minimise the risk of developing cancer. This is especially significant if the women concerned are using Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

During research, investigators discovered that curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric used extensively in Indian dishes, can reduce the risk of cancer. This is achieved by the inhibition of progestin-induced VEGF secretion from breast cancer cells. Women using HRT, specifically oestrogen and progestin have an increased risk of developing breast tumours because the progestin increases the production of the VEGF molecule. VEGF is definitely public enemy No 1, for it has also been cited as a contributor to the development of asthma and boosting blood supply to tumours stimulating growth.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is still a subject dividing the medical profession, with conflicting evidence surrounding the safety of the treatment. There have been wild claims that HRT is the universal panacea for every midlife female problem, with the emphasis on the benefits and little attention on the potential problems. It is, however, clear that many women who have suffered with severe menopausal issues have undoubtedly benefited from the use of HRT. There are certainly no model menopausal behaviours – rather a different set of symptoms that show themselves differently with each individual. These are also treatable in different ways, with HRT being just one available route. It is feasible that consuming your favourite takeaway is likely to be beneficial. This is good news for those who live in places like Leeds, where a thriving Indian community exists, and where 'takeaway Leeds' will return a good choice of curry houses in most Internet search engines.

Amazingly, during the test process at the Missouri University, not only was there a decrease in the incidence but also a reduction in the multiplication of the progestin-accelerated cancers. These tests were carried out in animal based studies. In addition to this, it also prevented the appearance of mammary gland abnormalities.

In a way, the results should come as no great surprise to communities in India who base their dietary habits on the common usage of turmeric in their dishes. It is also used for medicinal purposes, and is known to have healing and antiseptic qualities.

The moral of the story here may well be, don’t judge a book by its cover – don’t condemn curries as being junk, when clearly there may be hidden benefits to exploit.

Peter is an internet marketer who enjoys writing about topics such as travel, and health issues.

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