Common spices may protect bacteria during
5/10/2000-According to a report in Science
Daily, 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.
The research, conducted at the Bhabha Atomic
Research Centre in Mumbai, India, is reported
in the current print issue (April 17) of
the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a peer-reviewed monthly publication of
the American Chemical Society. The researchers
evaluated the spices against two microorganisms
during the study: Escherichia coli and Bacillus megaterium.