Researchers in Munich recently presented some very exciting news about a spice that's already known for numerous health benefits.
It may protect your heart after surgery. It can help fight obesity. And it could even help ward off Alzheimer's.
And what is this spice with all these benefits? Turmeric!
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric
that's gives the spice its cheery color, is known for fighting inflammation.
But, now we know it fights more than just that--it may also stop cancer tumors
from forming. This is crucial because prostate cancer is often diagnosed only
after metatastic tumors have formed in other organs. Three percent of the time,
the metastases are deadly.
In the current study, researchers wanted to
find out how well curcumin could prevent prostate cancer from spreading. In
prostate cancer...as in breast cancer... the tumor cells promote inflammation.
The research shows that curcumin decreases the expression of two proteins
(cytokines) that are pro-inflammatory.
The researchers found that, in
mice, this ability to reduce inflammation went hand-in-hand with fewer tumors.
It turns out that because the cytokines promote the spread of the tumors,
dampening their effects with curcumin helped to halt the process.
same researchers previously found in an animal study that curcumin significantly
reduced the formation of lung metastases in advanced breast cancer.
of the best things about curcumin is that it's well tolerated. Unlike chemo and
radiation there are no reported side effects. This means that it can safely be
used to both prevent cancer as well as to suppress the spread of the disease
when it's discovered.
In fact, the researchers believe that curcumin can
be used in preventing both breast and prostate cancers as well as to reduce the
metastasis or spread of the cancer. And because it's so well tolerated, they say
it can be recommended to anyone who has a higher risk of tumors.
take up to 8 grams of curcumin daily safely. If you have prostate problems, talk
to your doctor about adding curcumin to your daily supplement regimen. And if
you're a woman who has a family history of breast cancer you may wish to do the
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