Turmeric anti carcinogen?

Is Turmeric an anti carcinogen?

This article talks about Turmeric's anti carcinogen properties and other benefits.

The incidence of lung cancer is four times higher in the UK than in India, although it is becoming increasingly common throughout the World. Breast cancer accounts for around 20-25% of all female cancers in both USA and United Kingdom. The incidence in the UK per 100,000 women is three time higher than it is in Mumbai, India. Why?

Curcumin the active constituent of Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-oxidant activity.

Turmeric anti carcinogen and other useful properties -

Curcuminoids prevents occurrence of metastases in many different forms of cancer. The key to understanding the clinical behavior of cancers lies in their biology. Malignancies generally arise because of mutations in DNA, of at least one cell which then no longer behaves normally. Most commonly, mutations give malignant cells a growth advantage, so that these take up an increasing proportion of the tissue origin.

Several studies indicated that Curcumin slows the development and growth of a number of types of cancer cells. In Japan this year, researchers defined “Curcumin” as a broad spectrum anti-cancer agent.

Research done on the Turmeric and Curcumin is listed below -

Dietary supplementation of Curcumin enhances anti-oxidant and Phase II metabolizing enzymes. The significance of these results can be implicated in relation to cancer chemo preventive effects of “Curcumin against the induction on tumors in various target organs.

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Scientists have known for a long time that natural compounds have the potential to treat faulty cells  that have become cancerous and it is suspected that Curcumin might have the therapeutic value tp correct this.

Curcumin  from Curcuma Longa exhibited antitumor  promoting activity in mouse skin carcinogenesis. Ref: Nishio H, Kyoto, Japan 1992.

Curcumin I, II and III isolated from Curcuma Longa were compared for their Cytotoxic, tumor – reducing and antioxidant activities. All Curcuminoids inhibited the tumor growth but Curcumin III produced maximum increase in life span ( 74.1 percent). The Curcuminoids also inhibited lipid peroxidation Ref: Anto RJ.

Intense Research has been done on antioxidant, anti- inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties of Turmeric. Turmeric Curcumin supplements with at least 400mg of pure extract should be beneficial to most people. Turmeric when combined with other herbs like Boswellia and Ashwagandha, the supplements become extremely potent.


Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided and on herbal supplements above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only.


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