Researchers are looking at how curry can be used to prevent certain health ailments.
Ned Van Dyke is at high risk of developing colon cancer. He has a family history and a colonoscopy revealed polyps.
Van Dyke wanted to avoid the same fate, so he joined a study to test a pill made from an ingredient called curcumin found in the spice, turmeric, and used in curry. Dr. Carmen Guerra said it is common in India.
So why are scientists interested?
"India has the lowest rates of colon cancer in the world," Guerra said.
Animal studies also found it can reduce pre-cancerous polyps.
"These animal studies have shown that this may be a very effective anti-colorectal cancer agent, and interestingly, a very safe one," Guerra said.
Guerra is leading a study to see if the results can be repeated in humans.
"We're trying to determine if curcumin induces cell death in cells that are precancerous," he said.
Van Dyke said he is not sure if high doses of curcumin will work for him, but he's willing to give it a shot.
"Well, if I'm going to try to benefit from medical advances, I have to be willing contribute," he said.
Another recent study also showed curcumin may help in the treatment and prevention of prostate cancer.
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