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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Nanotechnology and Turmeric for Cancer?

The health benefits of turmeric have long been praised in Asian medicine; the tasty seasoning has been used for everything from arthritis to heartburn. Now researchers at John Hopkins are taking a close look at tumeric and creating a new form of the spice to be used as a powerful cancer fighting medicine: nano-curcumin.

The following article explains how the active chemical compound in tumeric that provides the yellow color, curcumin, is being transformed by nanotechnology into a water-soluble form that can be injected into the bloodstream for easy absorption and hopefully, cancer treatment. The article speaks with researchers from John Hopkins about preliminary tests that have been held with mice and curcumin showing reduced inflammation, decreased tumor growth, and Alzheimer’s benefits. Researchers are hoping that nano curcumin could be the newest prevention course and treatment for diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s, multiple myeloma and pancreatic cancer.

According to the article, nano-curcumin will soon be tested on humans and could be on the market within five years if proven successful.

Spice In Indian Food May Help Fight Cancer

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