5 Benefits Of Curcumin For Treating Cancer
The goal of any alternative cancer therapy is to fortify the body to function optimally in order to prevent cancer and deal with cancer that is already present. The reason cancer is able to develop in the first place is due to the body’s inability to destroy malignant cells faster than they’re created. Many complementary treatments are used to treat this devastating disease, including superfoods. Here are 5 amazing benefits of curcumin for treating cancer.
What Is Curcumin?
Curcumin is the main curcuminoid in the Indian spice turmeric, a member of the ginger family. If you’ve ever bought turmeric root, you know it looks quite similar to ginger root. Known for its bright yellow color, turmeric has long been used in Asia to treat a variety of conditions, and is a popular Ayurvedic medicine.
Curcumin is being researched as an alternative cancer therapy in part due to its ability to reduce inflammation, a causative factor in the development of cancer and other chronic diseases.
Curcuminoids are natural phenols that give turmeric its signature color. Curcumin is used as an herbal and dietary supplement, in cosmetics, and as a food additive and coloring in prepared foods. Unfortunately, curcumin is difficult to study due to its instability and lack of bioavailability.
5 Ways Curcumin Prevents Cancer
1. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation and combats oxidative stress by fighting free radical damage. It also boosts the body’s own antioxidant systems and protects DNA.
2. Research into curcumin is promising, showing that it has apoptotic properties, reduces angiogenesis, and may prevent metastasis or the spread of cancer.
3. Curcumin is anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, which may explain its efficacy in preventing cancer since pathogenic infections are an underlying factor in its development.
4. Laboratory and animal studies show that curcumin can slow cancer cell and tumor growth, while preventing tumors caused from radiation. The effectiveness of curcumin in treating cancer is inconclusive, but there is evidence that it may prevent certain types of cancer, including breast and colon carcinomas.
5. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a remarkable pain reliever, rivaling prescription pain medications. Animal studies are showing curcumin may slow the progression of cancer, while protecting normal cells from radiation damage, and augmenting the effects of chemotherapy.
Turmeric root has an impressive nutritional profile. It’s a good source of dietary fiber, protein, and vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C, E, and K, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and potassium.
Benefits of Curcumin
Traditionally used as a spice in Indian curry dishes, turmeric is now found in ice cream, lattes, and even chewing gum. With chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease on the rise, people are catching onto curcumin as an anti-inflammatory. Here’s a summary of its benefits:
- Reduces inflammation
- Is a potent antioxidant
- Protects DNA
- Is anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
- Prevents angiogenesis
- Stimulates apoptosis
- Is anti-mutagenic
- Decreases depression
- Improves brain function
- Lowers heart disease risk
- Reduces the pain of arthritis
- May prevent Alzheimer’s disease
- Promotes longevity
Curcumin is also great for acne and other inflammatory skin conditions. I’ve heard of people taking it in hopes of clearing their complexions, and they were pleasantly surprised.
What To Look For In A Curcumin Supplement
When looking for a high quality curcumin supplement, make sure it includes piperine or BioPerine, which has been found to increase its effectiveness by enhancing absorption up to 2,000 percent. Curcumin by itself does not absorb very well, but since it’s fat soluble, taking it with a meal that contains fat will increase effectiveness.
When using curcumin for cancer, large doses need to be taken, and for at least a few months to see maximum results.
Turmeric Milk Recipe
Here’s an easy recipe for those days when you feel achy, swollen, and inflamed. It’s soothing and will take the edge off sore joints and muscles, annoying coughs, and headaches. Here’s how you make it:
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup milk (Use almond or coconut milk if you’re dairy intolerant)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon minced ginger (use powdered if you don’t have fresh ginger)
Peppercorns or cardamom
Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer the mixture until it almost boils.
Let stand for a couple of minutes, then add a little honey, maple syrup, Lakanto, or stevia to sweeten.
Strain if using minced ginger root.
If you want your milk hot and spicy, add a couple of peppercorns or some cracked cardamom. Peppercorns enhance absorbability or you could add a teaspoon of olive oil for that same purpose.
Experiment with ingredient amounts until you get the perfect combination.
Enjoy before bed for a relaxing night’s rest!
Can a household spice treat cancer? Many cancer patients have found curcumin helpful in mitigating the damage caused from radiation, while reducing pain and inflammation. It can be used in conjunction with conventional therapies and other complementary treatments.
Curcumin is widely available, affordable, and since it’s a natural remedy is safe to take even in high doses. It’s full of bio active compounds and medicinal properties that support health. Enjoy it in food or as a supplement to take advantage of its nutritional profile and anti-cancer properties. It’s certainly safer than over-the-counter painkillers.
If you or someone you love has cancer, consider incorporating curcumin into your diet and supplementation regimen. Have you used curcumin to treat cancer or other inflammatory conditions? Please share your insights and experiences below.
Mayo Clinic: Curcumin: Can It Slow Cancer Growth?
NCBI: Curcumin and Cancer Cells: How Many Ways Can Curry Kill Tumor Cells Selectively?
Journal of the American Chemical Society: The Case of the Antioxidant Curcumin