Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2010

September marks the start of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the US. In reading about the month and all of the different festivities what jumped out at me was the phrase "silent killer." There is so much emphasis put on the fact that this type of cancer most often goes completely undetected until it is too late. The reason is simply that the symptoms can be so confusing because they are typical symptoms of a myriad of other illnesses. What is important to me is that you familiar yourself with the symptoms and with the risk factors of ovarian cancer in hopes that you will be even a little more educated about your own body.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Yellow Mustard Can Help Fight Cancer?

It seems like I have always been aware of the health benefits of many of the Indian spices that are used in my favorite Indian dishes. Recently it came to my attention that yellow mustard may not only be healthy for you but may also have some cancer fighting properties. Almost as far back as history goes mustard has been know as an anti-inflammatory agent whose main health benefits come from the ingredient that gives mustard its yellow color, turmeric.

Although the anti-inflammatory effects of mustard (turmeric) go way back only recently has it come about that this same agent could have anti-cancer effects. Some even claim that they have seen tumors shrink as a result of the curcumin in turmeric which is thought to be its primary pharmacological component. The low rates of certain cancers in India are seen by some as evidence of this.

In addition, it is now believed that curcumin also has strong anti-oxidant effects and that it destroys free radicals which we all know the physical benefits of…