Researchers at the Cork Cancer Research Center in Ireland treated esophageal cancer cells with curcumin -- a chemical found in the spice turmeric, which gives curries a distinctive yellow color -- and found it started to kill cancer cells within 24 hours.
- Previous scientific studies have suggested curcumin can suppress tumors.
- U.S. researchers said in 2007 they had found curcumin may help stimulate immune system cells in the Alzheimer's disease.
- McKenna said the study showed curcumin caused the cancer cells to die "using an unexpected system of cell messages."
"these cells showed no evidence of suicide, and the addition of a molecule that inhibits caspases and stops this "switch being flicked' made no difference to the number of cells that died, suggesting curcumin attacked the cancer cells using an alternative cell signaling system."
Scientists say curry compound kills cancer cells
(Reuters) - A molecule found in a curry ingredient can kill esophageal cancer cells in the laboratory, suggesting it might be developed as an anti-cancer treatment, scientists said on Wednesday.