Can Turmeric Cure Cancer?

Posted on 18. Oct, 2012 by in Curcumin

Researchers have been quite busy lately in finding out how much potential turmeric plant contains. Several tests have been conducted and are being conducted to establish its power. Is turmeric the answer to cancer that the world has been searching for a long time? Maybe. Knowing what turmeric is and what it is made of would allow us to understand the issue.

What Is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a type of herb that grows in Asia but found mostly and India, China, and Indonesia and used as spice. Its other names include Indian saffron, haridra, jiang huang, and Curcuma longa. For those who are not yet aware, turmeric is a basic recipe in making curry, which the Indians widely use in their dishes.

It has an active ingredient known as curcumin, which is a type of antioxidant found in its rhizome (root) that is being pointed to as responsible for curing cancer.

Because it is an antioxidant, curcumin helps fight free radicals that cause the disease. This ingredient has already shown cancer cell inhibition in animals.

Turmeric has been used since the seventh century AD by Chinese and Indian peoples as medicine for various ailments such as fever, diarrhea, colds, bronchitis, worm infestations, kidney and bladder problems, and leprosy, among others. It is also used to treat simple health conditions like leech and insect bites, bruises, inflammation, and wound. It was used in the form of inhalant, topical, or tea.

Turmeric For Cancer

Early research showed that the curcumin content of turmeric was able to prevent cancer cell growth and development. In lab tests conducted on animals with lab-grown cancers, the ingredient caused tumors to shrink and eventually killed the cancer cells.

Some tests were also conducted on individuals with cancer to know the dosage needed to fight the cancerous cells.

Turmeric is also being put to the test in terms of curing other diseases aside from cancer. Other possibilities may also include lowering of bad cholesterol, which is beneficial for those with cardiovascular problems.

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