Curry plants may prevent bowel cancer

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A tonic made from curry plants may help prevent bowel cancer, new
evidence suggests. UK drugs firm, Phytopharm, this week published
clinical trial results...

A tonic made from curry plants may help prevent bowel cancer, new evidence suggests. UK drugs firm, Phytopharm, this week published clinical trial results which showed that in five out of 15 cases the spread of bowel cancer stopped when patients took P54, a tonicbased on oils from the shrub curcuma. The company has obtained patent protection for a method of mixing these oils with liquids from another plant. The substance works by inhibiting the production of COX-2, an inflammatory enzyme in the colon which is associated with the spread of cancer. Phytopharm is in talks with several food companies about marketing P54 as a nutritional supplement. Phytopharm's chief executive Richard Dixey commented, "A launch this year is not definite, but certainly a possibility." The supplement would cost about $1 (67p) a day, aimed at the 300,000 people in Britainalone who have colonic polyps - the first sign of possible cancer. Source: The Guardian

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