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Japanese scientists have cooked up two synthetic versions of curcumin - the component of turmeric reputed to bring beneficial effects to those who like a quick Ruby. As we previously reported, curcumin (the principal curcuminoid - a polyphenolic compound - in turmeric) may help to prevent the formation of tumours and combat …

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Curcurcurious

If the natural compund loses efficacy quickly on ingestion, it is interesting how it was orginally identified as cancer preventing. While the "growth suppressive abilities" (presumably in vitro?) look good at "30 times" the mice results of "42 and 51 percent better" than control are disappointing, i.e. statistically unconvincing. Don't you think?

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I wonder if they tried

giving mice enemas of the substance thereby bypassing the stomach and small intestine. I want two thousand mice given a curry enema stat.

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