I wouldn’t normally refer to any type of herb or spice as “miraculous,” nor do I consider it a miracle when disease is reversed following nutrition and/or lifestyle changes. Wellness is our natural state, hardwired into the very framework of human genetics, and good health is unavoidable when all cells in the body are sufficiently nourished and free from toxins. However, there is one absolutely mind-blowing spice that has been scientifically proven to be more effective than some prescription drugs and more deserving of the title “miracle food” than anything I’ve ever studied.
I’m talking about turmeric, a spice belonging to the ginger family which has been used medicinally in India and the Middle East for more than 3500 years. Turmeric was first observed centuries ago as having anti-inflammatory properties and has continued to astound researchers with its seemingly endless health benefits ever since.
My head is still spinning from the abundance of scientific evidence I’ve uncovered while researching this wondrous spice. To include it all here would require months of concentrated work.
Curcumin: The Miracle Compound in Turmeric
The compound in turmeric proven to be effective against a myriad of human diseases and pain is called curcumin. Curcumin has been the subject of over 6,600 published scientific studies and is proven to positively influence over 160 human biological processes.
Among its many incredible benefits, there is no greater optimism for curcumin than in the field of cancer study. Curcumin has demonstrated the ability to alter genetic activity and expression, both by destroying cancer cells and by promoting healthy cell function. It also helps prevent the development of additional blood supplies necessary for cancer to grow.
*Keep in mind that this article is meant to be informative and is not intended to replace the advice or treatment plan of a trusted health professional.
Turmeric Curcumin Effect on Cancer
We’ve all been touched by cancer in some heart-wrenching way. If you’ve made it to adulthood, you’ve lost someone close to you to this miserable disease. However, after decades of research and trillions of dollars donated and spent, we’re no closer to a “cure” now than we were 60 years ago.
The number of cancer deaths each year may vary slightly, but it has remained the second leading cause of death in the US for as long as I can remember.
Rather than leaving the future to chance, I think it’s time we start being proactive in our efforts to live out a full life expectancy free from disease and pain.
Removing known carcinogens from the diet is step one, but research shows that something as simple as adding turmeric to food or taking a curcumin supplement can go a long way in preventing multiple types of cancer.
The author of this cancer study makes two important points:
1. “The anticancer effect of curcumin has been demonstrated in many human and animal studies, and recent research has shown that curcumin can target cancer stem cells which are proposed to be responsible for initiating and maintaining cancer and to contribute to recurrence and drug resistance.”
2. “Furthermore, the safety and tolerability of curcumin have been well-established by numerous clinical studies.”
These sentiments were reiterated in this study which basically said the same thing.
So not only is curcumin showing incredible promise in destroying cancer, but the researchers evaluated the safety and tolerability of curcumin in all available human research on curcumin in human cancer studies and found no cause for concern.
The scientists concluded that curcumin, as well as its modified forms, has shown great potential to inhibit cancer stem cells in several types of cancer including glioma, breast, colorectal, pancreatic, brain, and esophageal cancers.
More Research on Turmeric Curcumin and Cancer
The following is a list of other intriguing studies done on curcumin extract and cancer. Prepare yourself, because I’m about to say “this study” and “this study” more than I have in any article I’ve written thus far. I know it gets redundant, but that’s just how I write these things.
This study explained, in tortuously scientific language, that curcumin both stopped cancer from spreading and actually targeted cancerous cells for destruction. The researchers also pointed out that no level of curcumin toxicity was observed.
This study concluded that curcumin could regulate the life cycle of cancer cells and induce cancer cell death with no evidence of toxicity.
This study revealed that curcumin inhibited several types of malignant cells and “could be developed into an effective chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic agent.”
This study demonstrated curcumin’s ability to prevent DNA damage that leads to cancer, and this one and this oneamazingly showed that curcumin selectively killed cancer cells and left healthy cells alone.
Is your head spinning yet? This is just a small, small sample of the thousands of studies on curcumin showing positive effects on human health.
It’s unlikely the pharmaceutical industry will ever develop curcumin-based treatments unless such a therapy can be patented and made immensely profitable, but the research alone is sufficient for me to believe that the use of turmeric when cooking or the utilization of a turmeric curcumin supplement would be nothing but beneficial.
Because curcumin only makes up about 3-5% of turmeric, so a supplement is necessary for therapeutic dosages of curcumin. Underground Health’s Turmeric Curcumin 2000 contains a highly potent 2000mg daily serving including Organic Turmeric Powder and Standardized 95% Curcuminoids plus BioPerine® (Black Pepper Extract) for maximum absorption. This supplement it contains the dose necessary for maximum results.