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( Based on a Report of Reuters)

One of the curry ingredient had shown potentials of killing the cells of esophageal cancer in the research labs. This opened up the possibilities to develop and use it as a possible anti-cancer treatment.

At the Cork Cancer Research Center, Ireland, Researchers were successfully in treating esophageal cancer cells with curcumin -- a chemical found in one of the key indigents of curry, the spice turmeric. Curcumin is responsible for the characteristic yellow colour of Turmeric. It was found that curcumin started neutralizing cancer cells within 24 hours. As per the British Journal of Cancer, the cancer cells also began to digest themselves.

Previously according to different in dependant scientific studies, it was suggested that curcumin is very effective in suppressing tumors and the people who include a lot of curry in their daily diet are less prone to the disease, although curcumin loses its anti-cancer properties as soon as it's ingested.

But Sharon McKenna who was the lead author of the Irish study, told that according to her studies there is a potential to use and develop curcumin as an anti-cancer drug to treat esophageal cancer.

More than 500,000 people die each year due to Cancers of the esophagus around the globe each year. Due to the deadly tumors the survival rate is in between 12% to 31%

McKenna told that during her study she found that the curcumin "used an unexpected system of cell messages." and caused the cancer cells to die.

Generally the faulty cell die by apoptosis which is kind of a programmed suicide, which is initiated when a protein called caspasses is 'switched on' in cells, the researchers said.

But in the recent irish studies, no evidence to cell suicide were seen and stimulated switching of caspasses had no effect on the number of cell that died. Thus suggesting that curcumin killed the cancer cell using some other alternative cell signals.

In 2007, U.S. researchers found that curcumin may help stimulate immune system cells in the Alzheimer's disease.