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Eat Curry & Avoid Cancer

By Rachelle Bowden in Food on Sep 13, 2004 11:36AM

Turmeric - Photo:cybergift.usProfessor Moolky Nagabhushan, of the Loyola University Medical Center, announced at a conference on Childhood leukemia in London that tumeric, one of the main spices in curry, helps fight leukemia, lessens the harmful effects of cigarette smoke and processed food, and stops cancer cells from multiplying in the body. Further proof is that people in Asia, who eat a ton of curry, have much lower rates of blood cancer.

Scientists think that some kids are born with a predisposition to leukemia, but that they don't develop the disease unless it is triggered by environmental factors. Studies show that tumeric, the root that gives yellow color to Indian dishes, might mitigate the effects of some of the risk factors.

So the next time you want to head up to Devon to grab some Indian food but are dreading the hike up there, get off your lazy ass and remind yourself that not only will you be getting some fab food, but that "Curry: It does a body good!"