A University of Alabama study review published in Clinical Epigenetics heralded the term ‘epigenetics diet’ to describe a range of foods – mainly vegies – containing compounds researchers linked to preventing diseases as serious as cancer. “...compounds in many of these foods suppress gene aberrations that over time cause fatal diseases.” said study co-author, biology professor Trygve Tollefsbol, Ph.D.

Turmeric - a disease-fighting superfood - Women's Health & Fitness

Gene genie: Curcumin
How it works: Thought to play a role in inducing programmed death of colon cancer cells and supresses inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, with promise for thwarting flow-on effects such as inflammatory bowel disease
Apply it: Skip the spice aisle and head for a tablet or capsule containing extracts of both curcumin and black pepper or piperine.

“Neither curcumin nor turmeric taken orally is well absorbed unless taken with black pepper or piperine, a constituent of black pepper responsible for its pungency,” says integrative medicine doyen Dr Andrew Weil, M.D. His recommended dose is 400mg to 600mg daily. Cautionary note: benefits may take eight weeks to kick in, and pregnant women should check with their doctor before taking.