Curry spice could stop prostate cancer spreading
Curcumin, a compound in turmeric and a staple of curries, slows prostate cancer growth, and it could help protect against the cancer and also breast cancer, scientists have discovered.
The polyphenol slows tumour spread in prostate cancer – although the results have been seen only in animal studies thus far.
The research team from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich had earlier found that curcumin stopped breast cancer from spreading into the lungs, but again the results were seen only in animal studies.
However, the researchers believe they have seen enough to suggest that although it should not replace conventional treatments for cancer, it could be included in the diet of anyone worried about developing breast or prostate cancers.
(Source: LMU Munich website).