Friday, September 28, 2012

Turmeric (Curcumin) - A powerful cancer-fighting food

Turmeric (aka curcumin) has many health benefits, including being anti-cancer.

I have come across several other resources on turmeric, describing how it is a powerful and effective anti-cancer food/herb/spice. It is consumed daily in India as part of their food culture, resulting in low incidences of certain types of cancer in India compared to other countries.
"Scientists are excited about curcumin because it has been shown consistently to inhibit NF-kB. A lot of the research into curcumin has focused on cancers. According to cancer researcher Bharat Aggarwal a professor of cancer medicine at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre University of Texas, the incidence of the top four cancers in the U.S. - colon, breast, prostate and lung is as much as ten times lower in India where significant amounts of turmeric are consumed daily. Prof Aggarwal says "we have not found a single cancer on which curcumin does not work". Prof Aggarwal's hypothesis is that most cancers exhibit activated NF-kB which in turn promotes the proliferation and metastasis of tumours. Blocking of NF-kB suppresses the formation of tumours.

Curcumin has been found to be a powerful inhibitor of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is linked with cervical cancer."
These websites have some tips on how to add turmeric or curcumin (which is available in stores and supermarkets) to our daily diets.

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