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Herb, probiotic show promise for gastrointestinal health

Two studies have shed light on possible ways to destroy esophageal cancer cells and ease symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

The first, from researchers at Cork Cancer Research Center in Ireland, says curcumin started to kill esophageal cancer cells within 24 hours, according to MSNBC. Results of the study, conducted in a laboratory, were published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Curcumin is a substance found in turmeric. According to the story, the natural chemical caused the cancer cells to die.

In another promising study, a probiotic was found effective for symptoms of IBD, according to WebMD. It also was found to contribute to the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

The study, published in the American Journal of Physiology, showed how a probiotic strain decreased bleeding, reduced inflammation and increased the weight of mice with colitis. In addition, the probiotic increased blood-vessel growth in the intestines.

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