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Awesome! Sambar helps in prevention of colon cancer

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Our spices do the trick! In sambar there are so many varieties with or without grated cocunut, with & without tomato...
But look at the ingredients that were used for the research work:

  • Dried long fruit of Capsicum annum var. annum (dried chilli pepper) = 1000 g
  • Dried seeds of Coriandrum sativum seeds (coriander seeds) = 1000 g
  • Cooked and dried unripe drupes of the Piper nigrum (black pepper) = 500 g
  • Dried seeds of Cuminum cyminum (cumin) = 400 g
  • Dried seeds of Trigonellafoenum graecum (fenugreek) = 30 g
  • Dried rhizome of Curcuma caesia (black turmeric) = 100 g
  • Oryza sativa var. ponni (rice) = 200 g

The above mentioned components were ground to a fine powder at Saraswathi Traders and Flour Mills, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (using Danish Type Flour Mill, Model No: 2059072, manufactured by Nilax Overseas, Rajkot, Rajasthan, India).

[h=1]Sambar, an Indian Dish Prevents the Development of Dimethyl Hydrazine–Induced Colon Cancer: A Preclinical Study[/h]Introduction:

Cancer is a threat to the developed and developing nations and is the second most common cause of death. It results from abnormalities in normal mechanisms governing cell behavior. Cells being the smallest and most basic structural and functional unit of the human body undergo proliferation, differentiation, and several other biological processes to maintain the normal cycle of life. This whole phenomenon is controlled by various proteins and cell signaling mechanisms at the cellular and molecular level. Irregularity in any one step results in unregulated proliferation of cells. Thus, we can say that cancer represents a group of diseases that involves upregulated proliferation of cells leading to formation of tumor.
Sambar is a very popular South Indian dish that is eaten with rice and/or rice preparations like idlis, dosas, etc. Many versions of Sambar powder (ingredients differ) exist, varying from region to region. Indian spices that go into the making of this powder are coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, turmeric rhizomes, black pepper, curry leaves, cumin seeds, and asafoetida. Spices are generally considered to be safe by the USFDA in the proportions used in food. In Asia, the intake of turmeric, a component of curry powder, has been reported to lower the incidence of colon cancer (CC).

There are scientific reports stating the beneficial effects of Indian spices and condiments in cancer prevention. CC is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US, whereas in India the incidence is the lowest. Almost 70% of the incidence of CC is linked to diet. This may also be attributed to lifestyle factors. A possible explanation is the vegetarian diet comprising spices used in curry powders. Hence, the study was proposed to investigate the activity of sambar in 1,2-dimethyl hydrazine (DMH)-induced CC models in albino rats.



Our Sambar is not only tasty but also have medicinal value.......:)

Active compounds in turmeric, onion help fight colon cancer



A vendor carrying turmeric at the Goubert market in Puducherry (file photo)
Curcumin, quercetin reduce the size and number of pre-cancer growth, says study

The typical Indian curries and south Indian Sambar are not just tasty but also have medicinal benefits. The ingredients they are made of can potentially prevent cancers, especially colon cancer, independent research studies have revealed.

active ingredient identified is curcumin in turmeric, which is most common and widely used in preparations of curries in the country. However, the research studies are preliminary in nature.

Researchers at the Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal University concluded that the ingredients in Sambar prevents the development of dimethyl hydrazine-induced colon cancer in a pre-clinical study, which was published in Pharmacognosy Magazine in July 2016.

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US, whereas in India the incidence is the lowest. Almost 70 per cent of the incidence is linked to diet, said the research team consisting of V Ganga Prasad, Albi Francis, K Nandakumar et al.

Global studies

Global research studies in the past decade have also thrown up positive results on the impact of curcumin in preventing colon and breast cancers. In a clinical trial, researchers in the US have shown that people who eat large amounts of curries with ingredients like turmeric and an antioxidant found in Onions called quercetin have beneficial effects.
The study, published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology evaluated the use of curry as a potential colon cancer drug in five people with a rare genetic condition that causes the growth of precancerous polyps in the intestines.

Read more at: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com...ry-help-fight-colon-cancer/article9497719.ece
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