May 8, 2000
American Chemical Society
Researchers in India say that some common spices — red chili powder, black pepper and turmeric — can actually prevent bacteria such as E. coli from being destroyed by irradiation. On the plus side, however, the researchers believe their findings indicate that spice extracts could be used to protect healthy tissue in people undergoing radiation therapy.
Unexpected Finding Shows Chili Powder, Pepper and Turmeric Prevent Destruction of E. coli in Tests
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