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Curry powder ingredient could strengthen tendons

Spices found in curry powders may be beneficial to health

Culinary spices generally found in curry powders could have health benefits, new research has suggested.

A study by teams at the University of Nottingham and Munich's Ludwig Maximilians University has indicated curcumin, which is found in turmeric and curry powder and gives the ingredients their colour, may help maintain the strength of tendons in the human body.

Ali Mobasheri, co-author of the study, said the results are not definitive, but added they "could offer scientists an important lead" in the use of nutrition to treat painful conditions.

The research found to inhibit curcumin can hinder the triggering of a molecule known as NF-kB, which is known to activate a variety of inflammation-related genes.

However, Mr Mobasheri was keen to stress that the findings, which are due to be published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, are not suggesting curcumin can act as a cure for conditions such as tendonitis.

A study recently conducted by Penn State revealed turmeric can also help cut oxidative stress, as it reduces adverse reactions to triglyceride levels in high-fat foods

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