Extract of a spice used in curry could help prevent rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, US research suggests.
Turmeric has been used for centuries in Asian medicine to treat inflammatory disorders and its extract can be found in western dietary supplements.
Now lab work by University of Arizona researchers, in Arthritis & Rheumatism, shows just how the spice's curcuminoid extracts have a therapeutic effect.
Experts say new drugs may be found, but eating more spices is unlikely to work.
The researchers said clinical trials were needed before turmeric supplements could be recommended for medicinal use.
Source - BBC