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Spice may help to cut heart attacks

EXTRACTS from turmeric spice may help ward off heart attacks in people who have had recent bypass surgery.

During bypass surgery the heart muscle can be damaged by prolonged lack of blood flow, increasing the patient's risk of heart attack.

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But the new findings, in a study from Thailand and published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Cardiology, suggest that curcumins -- the yellow pigment in turmeric -- may ease those risks when added to traditional drug treatment.

Turmeric extracts have long been used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine.

Research has suggested inflammation plays an important role in the development of a range of diseases, including heart disease, and curcumins could have an effect on those pathways.

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