Researchers at both UCLA and the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare System have come up with an astonishing research result - Curcumin, the component of the spice Turmeric that gives curry its characteristic yellow color may not just help prevent Alzheimer's disease, it may help break down existing Alzheimer's plaque. Alzheimer's disease has different components: oxidative damage, inflammation, and the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaque. Beta-amyloid reaches out and causes destruction of any tissue it comes in contact with.
Researchers in the Cornwall Dermatology Research Project studied the ability of EGCG, green teas major antioxidant, and Green Tea itself to protect us from ultraviolet radiation, the type of radiation emitted by the sun. In the first study, human cells were exposed to ultraviolet radiation. Some of the cells were also treated with green tea and others were not.
A study of 753 newly diagnosed prostate cancer cases in men aged 40 to 64 years of age were compared to 703 cancer free subjects matched by age. Each additional glass of red wine consumed per week showed a statistically significant 6% drop in the risk of developing prostate cancer. This effect was not found for beer or liquor.
Excessive production of the COX-2 enzyme, an enzyme involved in inflammation, is involved in many disease states including cancer. The ability to inhibit COX-2 is a promising target for cancer prevention and even cancer therapy. Recently developed COX-2 specific inhibitors have shown considerable promise in the prevention of some forms of cancer, however their use is limited due to severe toxic effects on healthy tissue cells.
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