How a teaspoon of Turmeric may ward off cancer

Turmeric was once nothing more than a spice in the cupboard you might add to the occasional curry. Yet it's being hailed as the new superfood that will cure everything from heartburn to food poisoning.

I am not normally won over by such claims about specific foods, but there is something potentially persuasive about this humble spice. 

In countries such as India, where they consume a lot of turmeric, they have lower rates of bowel cancer. It did make me wonder: could the two be linked?
Until now, most of the research into the effects of turmeric has been conducted on mice rather than humans, using doses far higher than you would find in an average diet.

But findings have been intriguing: for instance, one U.S. study involving mice found the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, can help slow down the progression of breast cancer in mice. Other studies have found it may help destroy the plaques that form in the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease. 

Source  - Daily Mail