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Turmeric may have anti cancer properties

Turmeric may have anti cancer properties

Turmeric may not just be one of many tasty culinary spices it may also help fight cancer and inflammation, according to Dr Richard Beliveau. 

Writing for the Toronto Sun, Dr Beliveau explained that the spice came from the ginger family and consequently had high levels of curcumin, which is thought to be the active anti-cancer ingredient.

"Amongst the numerous benefits associated with the regular consumption of turmeric, several studies published in recent years have shown that the spice could play a pivotal role in cancer prevention," he explained.

Dr Beliveau cited reports which showed that Indians, who traditionally use the spice alongside coriander and garam masala in local dishes, are less frequently diagnosed with many types of cancer.

According to the Spices Board of India, exports of turmeric during the 12-month period ending in February 2011 stood at 42,500 tonnes.

This is down by nine per cent year-on-year, however, there has recently been a bump in production from 48 70kg bags last year to 69 70kg bags. 

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