Turmeric has been used for many years in herbal remedies, and it is also used as a food flavoring agent. While there is no research to prove that turmeric can prevent or treat cancer, early trials present favorable outcomes. Certain compounded pharmacy medications, including curucumin supplements could help fight cancer.
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Can Turmeric Prevent Cancer?
Turmeric is known by several names, such as Jiang Huang, haldi, Indian saffron, and jiang huang. This spice is grown in several countries in Asia. It hails from the ginger family and is a major curry powder ingredient.
The primary active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin (diferuloyl methane). Lab studies indicate that this ingredient does have an anticancer impact on cancer cells.
In one research study,, 25 patients with precancerous changes in various organs were given curcumin. The results of the study showed that curcumin supplements could prevent the precancerous changes from developing into cancer.
According to research, the cancer rates for specific types of cancer is low in nations where people eat curcumin at levels of around 100 mg to 200 mg daily over extended periods. However, at present, there is no concrete research evidence to prove that turmeric or curcumin could prevent or treat cancer cells.
Curcumin and Cancer Treatment – Scientific Studies
Various lab studies on cancer cells suggest that curcumin has anticancer effects indeed. It appears capable of killing cancer cells and preventing them from proliferating. It is most effective on stomach cancer, breast cancer, bowel cancer, and skin cancer cells.
A 2013 international lab study sought to understand the impact of a combined treatment comprising chemotherapy and curcumin on bowel cancer cells. The study results indicated that the combined treatment might be more effective than only chemotherapy. Similarly, a 2007 US study on mice seemed to indicate that curcumin helped prevent cancer cells from spreading to other parts of the body as well.
Doctors believe that curcumin remains in the digestive tract and is absorbed by bowel cells. In order to unearth more, a small UK study studied how curcumin is absorbed into liver cells from the human gut.
The researchers looked at the amount of curcumin that is absorbed into cancer cells as well as healthy cells. This study was conducted on a very small group of bowel cancer patients, where cancer had spread to the liver. This group was given curcumin for seven days prior to the surgery.
Doctors removed liver tissue during the surgery and subsequently measured the curcumin levels in the tissue. The outcomes highlighted that the curcumin levels present in the liver were not significant enough to have an anti-cancerous effect.
Researchers recommended that curcumin clinical trials in the future should focus on the prevention of bowel tumors. Various studies have concluded that curcumin ingested as capsules does, in fact, get absorbed by the gut and is detected in the blood. However, the amount of curcumin in the blood is tiny.
A US study in 2008 showed that 25 patients received curcumin treatment and 21 had measurable tumors. In two out of these patients, these tumors shrank and remained stable.
However, researchers detected very low curcumin levels in the blood as it was not properly absorbed from the gut. Since then, scientists have developed injectable and fat-soluble types of curcumin which may enhance the outcomes.
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