Turmeric and Curcumin found to block cancer growth
Turmeric is derived from the root of the Curcuma plant and has been used as an anti-inflammatory for a wide variety of things such as arthritis. It is a tropical plant which is grown outdoors and is native to India. The root of the plant that is used for harvesting and not the leaves like other herbs. Turmeric is usually used in cooking especially with curries but a lot of people take it in tablet form for its health benefits.
The article below describes the research done on turmeric in regards to blocking cancer growth.
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Did you know that less than a teaspoon a day of turmeric appears to significantly lower the DNA mutating ability of cancer-causing substances?
Researchers at UCLA found that curcumin (the primary component in turmeric) proved these cancer-blocking properties during a study which involved 21 participants suffering from head and neck cancers. The participants were given two chewable curcumin tablets containing 1,000 milligrams of the substance each. After evaluating the results, the lab found that the enzymes in the patients’ mouths responsible for promoting cancer spread and growth were inhibited by the curcumin supplementation. Thus, curcumin intake halted the spread of the malignant cells.
A recent study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, for instance, found that a dose-dependent administration of curcumin effectively activated apoptosis of liver cancer cells, meaning it prompted these harmful cells to die.
Just remember that to get maximum benefits, it needs to be high quality turmeric or curcumin in such a form that can optimize curcuminoid absorption. Turmeric is fat-soluble, that means it dissolves in fat. Without fat, the active component in turmeric, curcumin, has a hard time making it past the stomach, into the small intestine, and into the blood where it can provide the greatest benefits. Thus, turmeric is traditionally mixed with a healthy fat and heated.