Haldi to the rescue


88a.jpgYou usually read about the health benefits of wine in Sommelier India, but here’s an interesting report about how our common spice, haldi or turmeric may protect us from disease. U.S. researchers say that haldi may help treat cancer in combination with an arthritis drug, writes Reva K. Singh.

Dr. Shahar Lev-Ari of Tel Aviv University’s School of Public Health at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine and colleagues found that curcumin – turmeric’s active ingredient – can fight cancer when used in combination with a popular anti-inflammatory drug, Celecoxib, which is used to treat arthritis, but has also been found to inhibit colon cancer in laboratory settings.
Curcumin increases the anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects of Celecoxib while reducing its dose and therefore its toxic side-effects, Lev-Ari says.
“We would like to use this treatment for patients with all types of cancers,” says Nadir Arber of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine. “It has the promise of being an important life-extending therapy, particularly for non-curable pancreatic cancer, suggested by the very promising results we achieved for 20 pancreatic cancer patients.”

These findings are published in the journal, “Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology”.

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