Can Turmeric Help With Cancer Prevention?

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People have been getting sick for as long as people have been around. For as long as people have been getting sick, we have had medicine in some shape or form. Today we are lucky to have advanced modern medicines that can aid or help alleviate the symptoms of nearly every single disease that is imaginable. We live in a sort of miracle age.

However, people have not always been as fortunate as we are today. Our understanding of the human body and the many illnesses that exist are relatively new. Likewise, the way that we combat disease is new and constantly developing. It’s strange to think about how antibiotics are less than a hundred years old, or how many other basic medications such as Tylenol are even younger.

A More Ancient Approach 

Thinking about how different life used to be before modern medicine can make you wonder how people used to combat illness before the modern advancements that we have today. It turns out that one of the best and most ancient ways that people have alleviated diseases is by consuming turmeric.

Most of us know turmeric as a tasty yellow spice that is used frequently in Indian cuisine. However, it may come as a surprise to learn that people have been eating it for thousands of years to help their bodies. It turns out that turmeric is one of nature’s most powerful medicines. It has legitimate properties that can help alleviate the symptoms of a number of conditions. One of the most prominent uses for turmeric might shock you.

Turmeric Can Help Reduce The Risk Of Cancer

Turmeric contains an ingredient known as curcumin. It is what makes turmeric yellow and can be found in other yellow foods such as ginger. Curcumin has powerful medicinal properties that can help with a number of health conditions. But one of the most interesting things that turmeric can do is help combat angiogenesis.

Angiogenesis is the process of creating new blood vessels. Turmeric can help stop the body from performing angiogenesis, which means that turmeric may help stop the spreading of tumors around the body! This also means that it can help prevent tumors from growing in general. (2)

In addition to these amazing properties that turmeric can provide, it has been shown to help increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy and its drugs, especially when regarding breast cancer treatment. Curcumin also helps to enhance both chemotherapy and radiosensitization in resistant ovarian cancer cells by reducing the expression of pro-survival proteins. This means that curcumin can help to increase the effectiveness of chemo and radiation treatment in the body! (2)

If all of this wasn’t impressive enough, curcumin has been shown to help promote apoptosis in cancer cells. Apoptosis is the death of cells. Normally apoptosis does not occur in cancer cells, however, there have been studies that suggest that curcumin helps induce apoptosis in cancers such as leukemia, gastric and colon cancer and even breast cancer. This means that cancer cells that normally go unchecked can start being combated. (2)

Other things that can suggest that turmeric has the capabilities to combat cancer is the fact that India consumes the most turmeric in the world and has some of the lowest rates of cancer. Whereas, The United States of America consumes very little turmeric and has much higher rates of cancer across the spectrum. However, it is also important to note that so far, there are not any reliable studies on turmeric consumption across the globe. But we are learning more about it all the time! And so far the data that we do have is promising! (2)

Conclusion 

In the end, turmeric has intense healing properties that have the potential to help alleviate the risk of cancer. We’re still learning about the true capabilities of turmeric and curcumin. But the results that we have so far are highly promising. That being said, always make sure that you are visiting your doctor and getting regular checkups if you are at risk for cancer. Also, make sure that you are eating turmeric! It’s delicious so look up some awesome recipes to add this powerful agent into your diet today!

 

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