A clinical trial in England is getting underway to see if an ingredient found in curry can help prevent bowel cancer.

A spice found in turmeric called curcumin has already been linked to a range of health benefits and previous studies have shown that it can beat cancer cells grown in a lab.

A trial at two hospitals in Leicester will involve 40 cancer patients, and will look at the effects of taking curcumin pills seven days before starting standard chemotherapy treatment.

Researchers say investigating the potential of plant chemicals to treat cancer could help with developing new drugs in the future.