Certain Spices May Prevent Cancer

Aug 24, 2005 by Visual Recipes | Filed in Health | 0 Comments

Dr. Azra Raza of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts believes that bacteria fighting cooking spices such as ginger, tumeric, onion and garlic may hold the key to fighting certain types of cancer.

“At least 15 percent of the world’s cancer globally has been linked to pathogens, including cervical cancer and (human papillomavirus),” Raza said. “Who would have believed stomach cancer would be related to a bacteria? Now we know it’s related to H. pylori.”

Raza’s idea is based upon the dramatic differences in cancer rates between countries that cook with large amounts of spices and those who do not.

“For example, in America the incidence of breast cancer now is 660 per million. In India, it’s 79 per million,” said Raza.

Raza was recently given a $1 million dollar donation from a former patient to perform her research.

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