Curry Fights Prostate Cancer?  

DakR1972 44M   
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1/17/2006 6:05 am

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Curry Fights Prostate Cancer?

In a recent Washington Times article....

...cauliflower and kale -- along with cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, watercress and turnips -- contain a chemical that is a significant cancer-preventive.
But add curry powder to the mix, the researchers say, and the vegetables and spice are effective in treating established prostate cancers, the second-leading cause of cancer death in American men.
It all boils down to a pair of crucial chemicals that "hold real potential for the treatment and prevention of prostate cancer," the Rutgers study stated. The vegetables contain phenethyl isothiocyanate, or PEITC, while the curry contains curcumin, a yellow pigment found in the spice itself.
Both are considered phytochemicals -- nonnutritive substances in plants that have protective, antioxidant or anti-disease qualities.

More in the article. The interesting part is this...

Advanced cases of prostate cancer cells are "barely responsive" to rigorous chemotherapy or radiation treatment, Mr. Kong said.
He was inspired to investigate diet as a supplementary therapy after noting that while prostate cancer is common in the U.S., the disease is rare in India, where plant-based diets and curry are the norm.
Curry itself has prompted other significant findings. Last year alone, the University of Texas found it inhibited the growth of both skin cancer and breast cancer cells, while the University of California at Los Angeles found it stopped the spread of harmful brain plaque in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Seeing as I have found a new love for Curry & Rice in recent months, it's probably a good thing. It's easy enough to make and you can even purchase ready to heat packets of Curry sauce. Add some vegies and pour it over hot rice and you've got a ready made meal. I'll post some curry recipes later.

DakR1972 44M  

1/17/2006 9:26 am

That's one of the cool things about Curry, you can make it with just about anything. You can get any kind, from Japanese Curry to Thai and Indian Curry, with varying levels of spiciness. I prefer medium-hot curry, but that's just me.

Plus you can add anything from Stew Beef, Chicken, Pork, Lamb, Shrimp, or just Vegetables to your Curry and it tastes great either way. I eat mine with Rice, but you can add curry to quite a few different dishes.

My girlfriend makes some really good curry, at least from how she describes it, not quite as hot as I make mine, but it still sounds good. We plan on making her version of it when she comes here again.

I do agree with you about eating more vegetables. I'm never going to stop eating meat. My phillosophy is that we humans didn't claw our way to the top of the food chain just so we could graze. I'll eat a salad or a bunch of Broccoli, but that is because it will be adorning a plate with a good ole Steak.

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