Health: Spicing Up Your Life

Got a taste for zesty food? The things that give it zing may also ward off disease

Since I'm of Indian descent, spicy foods have long been a part of my diet. The distinctive smell of curry often wafted through my childhood home as my mom prepared her deliciously spicy dishes, often served with a dose of "it's good for you." She is a fantastic cook, and it turns out she may have been right about the health benefits of curry as well. According to preliminary research presented last week at a meeting of the American Physiological Society, curcumin, which gives the curry spice tumeric its yellow color, may help protect the brain against Alzheimer's disease.

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