March 07, 2005
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Curcumin, the bright yellow pigment in turmeric, protects the stomach from tainted foods. It inhibits the growth of Helicobacter pylori, which has been implicated in gastric and colon cancers, but it can also reduce the effectiveness of chemotherapy.

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