Turmeric

turmeric
Curcuma longa L. (Zingiberaceae family) rhizomes, has been widely used for centuries in indigenous medicine for the treatment of a variety of inflammatory conditions and other diseases . Extracted from the roots of the curcuma longa plant, curcumin is a member of the ginger family, and is the active ingredient of turmeric that gives it a rich yellow color. The industry uses it as the yellow color # 3.  India, where this spice is wildly consumed, has the lowest death incident caused by cancer around the world. Its is one of the 7 spices that makes the curry.

A spice that more than meets the eye

These medicinal properties have been attributed mainly to curcuminoids, in particular to curcumin. Curcumin has been shown to possess a wide range of pharmacological qualities, including anti-inflammatory, anticancer, anti-oxidant, wound healing properties and anti-depressant like effects.

Recent cancer reasearches

The anticancer potential of curcumin stems from its ability to suppress proliferation of a wide variety of malignant cell types, as well as tumor initiation, promotion, and metastasis, presumably due to its myriad biological properties mostly proliferation, anti-inflammation and anti-angiogenesis. The department of Surgery, Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, published an article where curcumin increased the effect of chemotherapy regime in suppressing proliferation and inducing apoptosis growth of prostate cancer cell. At University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the researcher had a clinical trial II on curcumin and found interesting results where a patient was classed stable disease for 18 months for pancreatic cancer.

Types of Cancers affected

-Breast cancer
-Colon cancer
-Gastric cancer
-Prostate cancer
-Leukemia
-Lung cancer
-bladder cancer
- pancreatic cancer

Daily diet consumption

3 tsp a day . A key question related to curcumin is its poor bioavailability after being taken orally. However, the addition of black pepper helps the absorption in your intestine like 2000 times more. Since turcumin is a spice, you can add it anywhere in your food. You don’t need to spoon it like a medicine. Myself, I like to take it in my morning fruit smoothie, in cooking my meat or my mushrooms in olive oil along with other spices and black pepper.

Cancer Protection Level

Apoptosis
Angiogenesis
Inflammation
Proliferation

Bonus: busting your immune system

Reference

Oncol Res. 2008;17(6):257-67.Therapeutic efficacy of curcumin/TRAIL combination regimen for hormone-refractory prostate cancer.Andrzejewski T, Deeb D, Gao X, Danyluk A, Arbab AS, Dulchavsky SA, Gautam SC.

Clin Cancer Res. 2008 Jul 15;14(14):4491-9.Phase II trial of curcumin in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. Dhillon N, Aggarwal BB, Newman RA, Wolff RA, Kunnumakkara AB, Abbruzzese JL, Ng CS, Badmaev V, Kurzrock R.
Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2009 Mar;92(1):39-43. Anti-depressant like effect of curcumin and its combination with piperine in unpredictable chronic stress-induced behavioral, biochemical and neurochemical changes.Bhutani MK, Bishnoi M, Kulkarni SK.

Planta Med. 1998 May;64(4):353-6. Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers. Shoba G, Joy D, Joseph T, Majeed M, Rajendran R, Srinivas PS.