Does using curcumin for cancer prevention and cure actually work?
It is known that many types of cancer start with damage to the cells critical genetic material (DNA). Some environmental toxins prevent your cells from repairing damaged DNA. Others, like UV rays from excessive sunlight exposure, a major cause of skin cancer, damage the DNA directly.
Antioxidant supplements have been shown to help protect the cells against oxidative damage that leads to the development of cancer. This benefit is shown in lab and animal studies. Since curcumin (one of the main active ingredient found in turmeric) is a potent antioxidant, experts believe it could work.
But are there any clinical studies to suggest that taking curcumin for cancer actually works to prevent it, let alone cure it?
Indeed there are! Read on and find out some of the research studies in this area showing how curcumin could benefit cancer patients...
Let's look at one study to see if curcumin is helpful as a natural anti-cancer substance.
Several areas located in India have high levels of arsenic, a substance highly toxic to the body.
A group of researchers wanted to know if curcumin could be helpful in reversing cancer caused by arsenic exposure.
They selected sixty-six volunteers who were exposed to arsenic for a long time.
Currently, they show no symptoms of cancer.
Here's the reference to this study:
The researchers discovered that curcumin seems to boost the activity of the DNA repair enzyme in the cells. Moreover, it also seems to repair damaged proteins as well.
This finding lead the researchers to conclude that taking curcumin can be helpful in the prevention of cancer caused by arsenic exposure.
And this benefit of curcumin is also confirmed in animal studies as well.
It is known that highly reactive oxygen species (ROS) are responsible for creating high oxidative stress levels in your cells. And high oxidative stress environment is known to cause inflammation and cancer.
This oxidative stress level is exactly what the researchers looked at in the following study:
They showed that giving mice curcumin for cancer treatment worked. How did curcumin work? By breaking the cycle of reactive oxygen species production and lowering oxidative stress levels. In simple terms, curcumin worked as a potent antioxidant.
In human studies, curcumin has been shown to reduce the number of pre-cancerous tissues in the colon (specifically aberrant crypt foci).
Here's the reference to the study that was completed:
Forty-four volunteers took curcumin for 30 days. Those that took 2 grams of curcumin did not see any benefits.
But those who were given 4 grams of curcumin had a 40% reduction in the number of areas that were pre-cancerous.
This is a significant finding supporting the benefit of using curcumin for cancer prevention.
Does using curcumin for cancer prevention works?
Yes, it does appear work in this small study.
Laboratory and animal studies shows significant benefits of using curcumin for the prevention and treatment of cancer.
And several clinical trials seem to suggest that it can be helpful in several types of cancer.
However, it does appear that a high dose of curcumin (4 grams daily) is required to show a benefit. Of course, larger studies will be needed to confirm this initial positive finding.
When buying turmeric supplements, make sure the manufacturer specifies the amount of curcumin (or curcuminoids) is contained in each capsule. For maximum absorption, choose Super Bio-Curcumin.
There are many herbs, vitamins and supplements around the world that people use for the treatment and prevention of cancer. See the revealing article below for a complete list of remedies for cancer that you may want to consider.
April 6, 2013