Tumeric Spice might hold cure to Feline Cancer
DVM360.com reports that researchers have discovered Turmeric may have the ability to stop cancer cells in cats.
Oncologists at Colorado State University’s Animal Cancer Center are conducting laboratory tests on cancer cells; their results have shown curcumin, a compound in turmeric, appears to stop the growth of cancer in cell tests.
From DVM360.com: “Dogs, humans and other mammals have a liver that is very effective at metabolizing many compounds, but cats don’t metabolize certain drugs as well because they have a unique liver,” said Dr. Doug Thamm, a veterinary oncologist who is leading the project.”
“The unique feline liver means that some drugs that are not toxic to dogs or humans may be toxic to cats. In this case, dog and human liver enzymes turn off the beneficial effects of curcumin against cancer, but because feline livers function differently, the benefits may not be completely lost.”
Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center website: http://www.csuanimalcancercenter.org/
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