The cancer-fighting power of curry is to be tested at a number of hospitals in Leicester.
Curcumin, which is found in the commonly used spice turmeric, has long been suspected of having anti-cancer properties.
It is also believed to provide health benefits to those with high blood pressure and dementia. However, it has never been tested in a clinical setting.
During the test, patients suffering from bowel cancer will be given curcumin alongside traditional chemotherapy drugs.
Leader of the study Professor William Steward, from Leicester University, said: "The prospect that curcumin might increase the sensitivity of cancer cells to chemotherapy is exciting because it could mean giving lower doses, so patients have fewer side effects and can keep having treatment for longer."
Professor Steward noted that the research was still in a very early stage, but it could nevertheless inform drug development in the future.
Exercise can also be hugely beneficial for patients suffering from bowel or breast cancer, according to studies from the Scientists at the National Cancer Institute in the US.