The Cancer-Fighting Spice So Potent It Even Beat Brain
Tumors in Mice...
by Joseph Mercola: Another
Reason To Ignore the Warnings About This Super Food
a derivative of turmeric, and the pigment that gives the curry spice
turmeric its yellow-orange color is a natural compound that
has been extensively researched, and has been found to have numerous
health applications. As a result, turmeric is becoming increasingly
popular as a supplement. Each 100 grams of turmeric contains an
estimated three to five grams of curcumin.
Chinese and Indian systems of medicine have recognized curcumin's
beneficial properties for thousands of years. Most notably, curcumin
is known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties, and as you
may know, chronic inflammation is an underlying factor in many,
if not most, chronic diseases. The compound has been shown to influence
more than 700 genes, which may in part explain its numerous health
To learn more
about these, please review my
special report on this healing spice.
Here, I will
review one of curcumin's most exciting properties, as researchers
are increasingly recognizing its potential as an anti-cancer agent.
At the end of this article, you'll also find a list of my other
common-sense cancer-prevention strategies.
against Fatal Type of Brain Tumor
In an exciting
discovery announced in the Journal
of Nutritional Biochemistry in July, researchers say curcumin
could be the answer to stopping a fatal brain cancer known as glioblastoma
(GBMs). This study strengthens previous findings. In this study,
scientists showed that it decreased brain tumors in nine of 11 study
animals (81 percent), with no evidence of toxicity.
curcumin did not affect healthy cells, suggesting curcumin selectively
targets cancer cells. They also found that it worked synergistically
with two different chemotherapy drugs, enhancing the elimination
of cancer cells.
data presented here suggest curcumin as a potential agent for therapy
One of the
BEST Supplements for Many Cancers
ago, I learned about the anti-cancer potential of curcumin from
Dr. William LaValley, one of the top natural medicine cancer physicians
I know. He pointed out that curcumin has the most evidence-based
literature backing its use as a cancer support than any other nutrient.
Not only does it affect more than 700 genes, curcumin also affects
more than 100 different pathways once it gets into the cell. Best
of all, it appears to be safe in the treatment of all cancers.
To get an idea
of just how much research there is, simply search
GreenMedInfo.com using the search term "curcumin cancer." There
are hundreds of studies relating to curcumin's beneficial effects
on various types of cancer.
Here's a sampling
of some of the most recent ones:
- A 2008
study in Cancer Prevention Research, found that curcumin inhibits
breast cancer cell motility and invasion by directly inhibiting
the function of alpha6beta4 integrin, which suggests it may serve
as an effective therapeutic agent in tumors that overexpress alpha6beta4.
(Alpha6beta4 is associated with cancer progression by contributing
to apoptosis resistance and metastasis)
- In 2009,
a study in Molecular Pharmacology found that curcumin inhibits
pancreatic cancer cell growth and acts as a chemosensitizing agent
- Other research
from 2009 found that curcumin induces programmed cell death
in lung cancer cells
2010 study concluded that curcumin has the potential to target
cancer stem cells
How Does Curcumin
In India, where
turmeric is widely used in the diet, the prevalence of four common
U.S. cancers colon, breast, prostate and lung is 10
times lower. In fact, prostate cancer, which is the most frequently
diagnosed cancer in U.S. men, is rare in India and this is attributed,
in part, to the curcumin in turmeric. It appears that curcumin combats
cancer in a number of different ways.
curcumin has been found to:
the proliferation of tumor cells
your body destroy mutated cancer cells so they cannot spread
throughout your body
the synthesis of a protein thought to be instrumental in tumor
the transformation of cells from normal to tumor
the development of additional blood supply necessary for cancer
of Turmeric is Best?
To get the
full benefits that curcumin has to offer, look for a 100 percent
certified organic turmeric extract with at least 95 percent curcuminoids.
The formula should be free of fillers, additives and excipients
(a substance added to the supplement as a processing or stability
aid), and the manufacturer should use safe production practices
at all stages: planting, cultivation, selective harvesting, and
then producing and packaging the final product.
For use in
cooking, choose a pure turmeric powder rather than a curry powder.
Preferably organic. At least one study has found that curry powders
tend to contain very little curcumin, compared to turmeric powder.
for Using Curcumin
there are no formulations commercially available for use against
cancer, and you should know that not only are relatively high doses
required, curcumin is also not absorbed very well... A typical anti-cancer
dose can be as high as three grams of good bioavailable curcumin
extract, three to four times daily.
is to make a microemulsion from curcumin powder. To do that, mix
one tablespoon of the powder into 1-2 egg yolks, along with a teaspoon
or two of melted coconut oil. Then, use a high-speed hand blender
to emulsify the mixture.
that can help increase absorption is to add one tablespoon of curcumin
powder to a quart of boiling water. (It must be boiling when you
add the powder as it will not work as well if you put it in tepid
water.) After boiling it for 10 minutes you will have created a
12 percent solution, which you can drink once cooled. It has a slightly
woody taste. Keep in mind though that the curcumin will gradually
fall out of solution. In about six hours it will be a six percent
solution, so it is best to drink the water within four hours of
of doing this at home is that curcumin is a very potent yellow pigment
and can permanently discolor surfaces if you're not careful.
Cancer: 11 Tips to Live By
In the last
30 years the global cancer burden has doubled, and is estimated
triple by 2030. Clearly, we must begin to take cancer prevention
offers great potential in the fight against cancer, I believe a
healthy lifestyle as opposed to swallowing any number of
supplements is the BEST way to avoid becoming a cancer statistic.
I believe you can virtually eliminate your risk of cancer and other
chronic diseases, and radically improve your chances of recovering
from cancer if you currently have it, by following the following
risk reduction strategies.
reduce your sugar consumption. Normalizing your insulin levels
is one of the most powerful physical actions you can take to lower
your risk of cancer, and in order to do so, cutting sugars and
grains out of your diet is a must. Eliminating fructose is one
of the most important sugars to initially concentrate on. If you
have cancer, you'll want to reduce that to below 10 grams per
day from all sources.
your vitamin D levels. There's overwhelming
evidence pointing to the fact that vitamin
D deficiency plays a crucial role in cancer development. Researchers
within this field have estimated that about 30
percent of cancer deaths might be prevented each year simply
by optimizing the vitamin D levels in the general population.
On a personal level, you can decrease
your risk of cancer by MORE THAN HALF simply by getting optimal
sun exposure year-round. Alternatively, you could use a safe
tanning bed, or, as a last resort, an oral vitamin D3 supplement.
Remember the BEST way to raise your vitamin D level is by sun
If you are being treated for cancer it is likely that higher blood
levels probably around 80-90 ng/ml would be
beneficial. To learn the details on how to use vitamin D therapeutically,
please review my previous article, Test
Values and Treatment for Vitamin D Deficiency.
regularly. There's compelling evidence indicating that exercise
your risk of cancer, primarily by reducing elevated insulin
levels and normalizing estrogen. For example, women who exercise
regularly can reduce
their breast cancer risk by 20 to 30 percent compared to those
who are inactive. I prefer to view exercise like
a drug that needs to be carefully prescribed to achieve its
It's important to include a large variety
of techniques in your exercise routine. Additionally it is
likely that integrating exercise
with intermittent fasting will greatly catalyze the potential
of exercise to reduce your risk of cancer and stimulate widespread
healing and rejuvenation.
- Get appropriate
amounts of animal-based omega-3
as many vegetables as you are comfortable with. Ideally, they
should be fresh and organic.
vegetables in particular have been identified as having potent
- Have a tool
to permanently erase the neurological short-circuiting that can
activate cancer genes. Even the CDC states that 85
percent of disease is caused by emotions. There are a number
of different energy psychology tools available that are particularly
well-suited for this purpose; the Emotional
Freedom Technique is one example.
an ideal body weight.
- Get enough
- Reduce your
exposure to environmental
toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic
air fresheners, air pollution, and plastic
toxins like BPA.
- Reduce your
use of cell phones and other wireless technologies, and implement
as many safety strategies as possible if/when you cannot avoid
- Boil, poach
or steam your foods, rather than frying
or charbroiling them.
2011 Dr. Joseph Mercola
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