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Circumin

04/23/2007

Question:

Does circumin help prevent colon polyps? Thanks.

Answer:

Maybe, in a study by Johns Hopkins:

In the study, published in the August 2006 issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, five patients with an inherited form of precancerous polyps in the lower bowel known as familial adenomatous polyposis, of FAP, were treated over an average of six months with regular doses of curcumin, the chemical found in turmeric, and quercetin, an antioxidant in onions. The average number of polyps dropped 60.4 percent, and the average size dropped by 50.9 percent, according to a team led by gastroenterologist Francis M. Giardiello, a professor at the School of Medicine, and Marcia Cruz-Correa, a visiting professor from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

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Response by:

Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP
Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University