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A Good Curry Could Save Your Arse, literally

You gotta love a curry (especially with a crisp beer…) and now you can feel even better about chowing down on that masala you can also enjoy the fact that you’re eating something that could play a role in starving, or even prevent, prostate cancer. New research from the University of Texas at Austin, US, has identified several natural compounds found in food, including turmeric, apple peels and red grapes, as key ingredients that could thwart the growth of prostate cancer.

“These nutrients have potential anti-cancer properties and are readily available,” says study author Stefano Tiziani, assistant professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Dell Pediatric Research Institute at UT Austin. “We only need to increase concentration beyond levels found in a healthy diet for an effect on prostate cancer cells.” 

The new research also demonstrates how the plant-based chemicals work together. Combining ursolic acid with either curcumin or resveratrol prevents cancer cells from gobbling something that they need to grow, glutamine. This is a neat solution: blocking the uptake of a nutrient needed by prostate cancer cells with nutrients that are commonly in the human diet. 

Quick Tip

IMPROVE YOUR EYESIGHT: EAT THIS

More than 435,000 Aussies are blind or vision-impaird – but, according to the the UK’s Royal National Institute of Blind People, as many as 50% of these are preventable. Want to protect your eyesight in the long term? The best place to start is in the kitchen.  

1. Salmon 

Omega 3-rich foods protect tiny blood vessels in the eyes. Make sure you eat wild-caught, and add a sprinkle of chia seeds to top up.  

2. Carrots 

The see-in-the-dark thing was a myth but vitamin A does reduce age-related macular degeneration to protect your vision.  

3. Spinach 

Most leafy greens are full of lutein, an antioxidant that safeguards your eyes against harmful UV rays. Eat it in salad.