Turmeric anti carcinogen

Turmeric anti carcinogen and other properties

By Veena Deo


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

Cancer means a malignant tumor of potentially unlimited growth that expands locally by invasion and systemically by metastasis. There are a number of common synonyms for this malignant disease such as cancer, but this term technically only applies to tumor of epithelial origin. Malignancy is common, developing at some time in the life of more than one third of the population.  The second most common cause of deaths in the Western world, after cardiovascular disease is Cancer or Carcinoma or Malignancy of epithelial cell origin.

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 UK, but the incidence in the UK per 100,000 women is three time higher than in Mumbai, India.

There are certain herbs which are proven as a remedy for cancer. One such herb is Turmeric or Curcuma Longa or Haldi. Curcumin the active constituent of Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-oxidant activity.

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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 -

According to university of Chicago Scientists, Curcumin inhibits a cancer provoking bacteria (H.Pylori) associated with gastric and colon cancer. (Ref. Mahady GB, Pendland SL, Yun G, Luzz. Anti Cancer Res. 2002, Nov-Dec; 22 (6c) 4179-81)

Dietary supplementation of Curcumin enhances anti-oxidant and Phase II metabolizing enzymes in ddY male mice. Possible role in protection against chemical carcinogenesis and toxicity. 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” ((Iqbal M, et al. Pharmacol Toxicol. 2003 Ja; 92 (1) : 33-8).

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Curcumin has direct antiangiogenic activity in Vitro and in vivo. The activity of Curcumin in inhibiting Carcinogenesis in diverse organs such as the skin and the colon may be mediated in part through angiogenesis inhibition.(Ref. Arbiser JL, Klauber N, Rohan R, Van Leeuwen R, Fisher C, Flynne E, Byers HR. Mol Med 1998 Jun, 4(6) : 376 – 83)

Scientist has known for a long time that natural compound have the potential to treat faulty cells  that have become cancerous and It is suspected that Curcumin might have therapeutic value.”

Curcumin  from Curcuma Longa exhibited antitumor  promoting activity in mouse skin (Carcinogenesis (Nishio H et al, Kyoto, Japan 1992; Oncology( Life Sciences Advances) V11(2), 65-69.)

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 (Anto RJ et al, Amala Research Bulletin, v14, 60-65, 1994).

Intense Research has been done on Antioxidant, Anti- inflammatory and Anti-carcinogenic properties of Turmeric  and Curcumin. Turmeric (Curcumin) supplements with at least 900mg of pure extract should be beneficial to most people. Turmeric when combined with other herbs like Boswellia and Ashwagandha, the supplements become extremely potent.

I hope the above article on Turmeric anti carcinogen properties help all to understand this herb.

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. For questions email at veenadeo@herbsbenefits.com


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