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Turmeric Acts Against Cancer T


hroughout history, the spice turmeric has been a favored seasoning for curries and oth- er Indian dishes. Its pungent flavor is also known to offer medicinal qualities—turmeric has been used for centuries to treat osteoarthritis and other illnesses because its active ingredient, curcumin, can inhibit inflammation. A new study led by a research team at


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, in Munich, Germany, has shown that turmeric can also restrict the formation of metastases and help keep prostate cancer in check. The researchers discovered that curcumin decreases the expres- sion of two pro-inflammatory proteins associat-


ed with tumor cells and noted that both prostate and breast cancer are linked to inflammation. The study further noted that curcumin is, in principle, suitable for both prophylactic use (primary prevention) and for the suppression of metastases in cases where an established tumor is already present (secondary prevention).


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A DIET FOR HEALTHY BONES


ge-related bone mass loss and decreased bone strength affect both genders. Now,


the first randomized study, published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, indicates that consuming a Mediterranean diet en- riched with olive oil may be associated with increased serum levels of osteocalcin, a pro- tein that plays a vital role in bone formation. Earlier studies have shown that the incidence of osteoporosis in Europe is lower in the Mediterranean basin, possibly due to the traditional Mediterranean diet, which is rich in fruits, vegetables, olives and olive oil.


We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb


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