Turmeric and Cancer
Timeless Health Tip
The yellow spice turmeric, a constituent of curry powder, contains high concentrations of the potent antioxidant curcumin.
New tests suggest curcumin helps stifle cancer. In test tubes, 80-percent of malignant prostate of malignant prostate cells self-destructed when exposed to curcumin.
In a more recent study, ccurcumin was shown to be as effective a pain reliever as ibuprofen but with less abdominal discomfort. In another study, it lowered IBS symptoms by 50 percent. This is thought to be due to its ability to lower inflammation and abnormal muscle contractions in the bowel.
In yet another clinical trial, turmeric was deemed helpful for depression and proven to be significantly more effective than a placebo in reducing symptoms.
Feeding mice curcumin dramatically slowed the growth of implanted human prostate cancer cells. It may do the same in breast and colon cancer cells say researchers, speculating that curcumin might block the activation of genes that trigger cancer.
Bonus: Curcumin's anti-inflammatory activity reduces arthritic swelling and progressive brain damage in animals.
You can get some benefits with tea, if desired. Teas are not as potent as formulations standardized to a curcumin concentration (and they don't always appeal because of the herb's distinctive taste).
To make a tea, pour 1 cup (8 ounces) of boiling water over 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of powdered turmeric, let steep covered for 5 minutes, then strain. Drink 2 or 3 cups daily, as desired.
Turmeric has a long history of usage with herbalists. May help with some digestive disorders, osteoarthritis, liver disease, bacterial infections and more.
Turmeric also has anti-fungal properties. Other ailments treated with turmeric include allergies, obesity, Alzheimer's and more.
Curry: Made from turmeric, curry contains many of the same benefits, along with help against heart disease.
Curcumin is also part of the turmeric family. Sprinkle a little into your next dish to enjoy it's cancer fighting and anti inflammatory aspects. A recent study pointed to it as a savior from knee osteoarthritis pain, finding it as effective as ibuprofen - with less abdominal discomfort. The recommended dose is two 500mg capsules a day or a Bloody Mary - read on.
Like a Bloody Mary? Make a Virgin Bloody Mary with tomato juice, a few drops of olive oil, a dash or two of black pepper, and the contents of 2 capsules of curcumin/turmeric. The olive oil and black pepper help the body absorb turmeric.
Note of Caution
If you have diabetes, discuss with a doctor. If sombined with diabetes medications, turmeric could cause low blood sugar.
Tumeric Alive is a drink utilized for its sports recovery, anti-inflammatory and fat metabolizing qualities. The beverage combines cold-pressed turmeric, ginger, cardamom, cayenne and honey for a sweet, spicy anti-inflammatory treat. Find at Whole Foods or check with a local health food store or buy from Amazon. Click the pic below.