Researchers from Ireland and Poland proved that curcumin – a compound which is contained in the popular Indian spice curry and gives this powder its bright yellow coloring – kills cancer cells of the gullet and the stomach.
They discovered a surprisingly strange process of destruction of cells which wasn’t linked with apoptosis or self-destruction. Besides, they established that the substance started to kill cancer cells during 24 hours and then the cells began digesting themselves.
The research was conducted under the leadership of Dr Sharon McKenna at the Cork Cancer Research Center in Ireland. The results of the study were published in the British Journal of Cancer.
These exciting results show that scientists can work out natural anticancerous remedies for treating stomach cancer and gullet cancer based on curcumin.
Scientists have known for a long time that natural compounds have a therapeutic potential for cancer cells treatment and they believe curcumin to be one of them.