Posted on October 30th, 2009

By Walter Jayawardhana

For thousands of years Sri Lankans through their native traditions knew what food is good or bad for particular ailments.

In fact, food was part of medicine and vice versa.

Not only their mostly vegetarian food but the spices that used to cook them were basically the natural way of treating or avoiding diseases. ThatƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s what the Western man is re-discovering now through laboratory tests.

In a Metropolitan center like London, through their exposure to their former Raj and the large Indian population and the large number of restaurants in London people like curry. But so far few have realized it could be used to beat cancer.

Irish scientists said recently Turmeric contains curcumin, which scientist have found kill esophageal cancer cells.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Research carried out by University College Cork in Ireland has revealed that turmeric, the spice used to make curries, contains molecules that can kill esophageal cancer cells.

Before this previous scientific studies have suggested curcumin which gives our ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Kiri HoddaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢a distinctive yellow colour can suppress tumours and the people who eat lots of curry may be less prone to the diseases.

In the latest study the Irish scientists have found curcumin started to kill oesophageal cancer cells within 24 hours. The cells also began to digest themselves, they said in a study published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Director of the Cork Cancer Research Centre at UCC, Professor Gerald OƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢Sullivan, said that the findings could lead to the development of the naturally occurring chemical into a treatment in the fight against esophageal cancer

The disease kills 500,000 people around the world every year.

Curcumin is tested as a potential treatment for other diseases like, dementia and arthritis too.

An Irish media which revealed about the new finding at Cork said, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-So eat up that curry, and donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t complain that it burns your throat. Looks like that could be a very, very good thing.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

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