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2009-05-18 10:06:56

 Curcumin, the major polyphenol found in turmeric, appears to reduce weight gain in mice and suppress the growth of fat tissue in mice and cell models. Researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (USDA HNRCA) studied mice fed high fat diets supplemented with curcumin and cell cultures incubated with curcumin."Weight gain is the result of the growth and expansion of fat tissue, which cannot happen unless new blood vessels form, a process...

2009-03-09 00:08:17

Curcumin, turmeric's main ingredient, inserts itself into cell membranes and makes them more orderly and resistant to infection, U.S. researchers said. University of Michigan researchers led by Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy said the membrane goes from being crazy and floppy to being more disciplined and ordered, so information flow through it can be controlled. Probing high-resolution intermolecular interactions in the messy membrane environment has been a major challenge to commonly-used...

2008-09-23 21:00:31

The spice turmeric lowers the risk of getting cancer and Alzheimer's disease and it may reduce the size of a stroke as well, U.S. researchers said. Second-year medical student Jay McCracken with Dr. Krishnan Dhandapani of the Medical College of Georgia used animal models to study curcumin, the active ingredient in the curry spice turmeric, on intracerebral hemorrhages -- bleeding in the brain caused by ruptured vessels. "We found that curcumin significantly decreases the size of a blood...

2008-09-21 21:00:15

By Su Aziz FANCY salt fish curry masak lemak-style? SU AZIZ gives you the recipe. One of the easiest Malay dishes to cook is the masak lemak. Its creamy, spicy flavours and enticing colours are delightful. It's a flexible dish that can be cooked with any meat or vegetable, and loved by children and adults alike. For this recipe, Cinnamon Coffee House of One World Hotel at Bandar Utama in Petaling Jaya couples the turmeric-infused, coconut milk-gravy dish with yam stalk and salted...

2008-09-08 00:00:06

By Rajen M. THE powerful painkiller that Mother Nature produces may be sitting in your kitchen cabinet. In fact, you probably ate it in the last 24 hours as part of your meal. It should come as no surprise that it is called "living gold" or "Mother nature's gold". It is more commonly called Indian saffron, haridra or jiang huang. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) consists of more than 100 species and over 30 varieties of a cylindrical tuber (rhizome) with orange- coloured flesh. It is related...

2008-08-26 03:00:00

By Dhawan, B N Turmeric: The salt of the orients is the spice of life, Kamala Krishnaswamy (Allied Publishers Private Limited, New Delhi) 2007. 248 pages. Price: Rs.350/-ISBN 81-8424-126-7 Spices have been used since times immemorial for culinary purposes but the discovery of their physiological properties and therapeutic potential is much more recent. Several spices had been used in traditional systems of medicine, mainly for preventive purposes. The most important among them undoubtedly is...

2008-08-18 15:05:00

U.S. scientists say they've used a spice-based compound as a starting point to develop synthetic molecules able to kill cancer cells. The Ohio State University researchers said they combined organic chemistry, computer-aided design and molecular biological techniques to develop and test pharmaceutical compounds that, in lab settings, are able to kill breast and prostate cancer cells and stop them from spreading. Assistant Professor James Fuchs said the synthetic molecules are derived from...

2008-06-24 02:29:21

Turmeric, an Asian spice used in curry, may help reverse inflammation associated with obesity and reduce type 2 diabetes risk, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Drew Tortoriello of Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center and colleagues discovered that turmeric-treated mice were less susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes, based on blood glucose levels and glucose and insulin tolerance tests. The research team also discovered that turmeric-fed obese mice showed...

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2008-06-21 16:05:00

Shown to reverse inflammation associated with obesity and improves blood sugar control Turmeric, an Asian spice found in many curries, has a long history of use in reducing inflammation, healing wounds and relieving pain, but can it prevent diabetes? Since inflammation plays a big role in many diseases and is believed to be involved in onset of both obesity and Type 2 diabetes, Drew Tortoriello, M.D., an endocrinologist and research scientist at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia...

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2007-01-08 06:00:00

By Kathleen Fackelmann Five years ago Darci Jayne hardly ever touched a vegetable and pretty much lived on pizza, pasta and fast food. That diet led to weight gain and health problems, including severe joint pain. "I was close to 200 pounds and getting scared," she says. By cutting portion sizes she lost 50 pounds but always felt as if she were on a diet. Then Jayne took an Indian cooking class that emphasized fresh vegetables and curry spices. She began to whip up an Indian dinner once...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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