Turmeric: Not Just for Curry

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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LUNG CANCER

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States.

One of the greatest known risk factors for developing lung cancer is smoking tobacco.

Turmeric can help the body to eliminate toxic products from smoking especially useful when an individual is quitting and reducing withdrawal effects.[1]

In lung cancer, curcumin once again has been shown to inhibit tumor progression and reducing metastasis.[11]

Curcumin used in combination with EGCG from green tea shows promising results in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer, working together to stop cancer cell growth.[12]

COLORECTAL CANCER

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women and is also the third leading cause of cancer death for both sexes.  Currently, the United States has the highest incidence of colorectal cancer.

Dietary habits play an important role in the development and progression of colorectal cancer.

Turmeric is one of several spices that are consumed in large amounts in populations where colorectal cancer has a very low incidence.

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Benefit is likely due to curcumin’s strong anti-inflammatory actions as well as its ability to modulate cancer cell growth.[3, 9, 13]

Turmeric continues to be proven as a safe addition to any cancer treatment protocol.  It is a promising spice that should be taken to reduce risk of developing cancer because of its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions.

Turmeric can be safely taken orally by mixing 1 heaping teaspoon of powder in water 1-2 times a day. Each teaspoon provides approximately 4 grams of turmeric.

Stronger preparations are also available in extract form and refined to increase the concentration of curcumin per dose.

Patients taking blood thinners should consult their physician about proper dosing of curcumin because of its blood thinning potential. The only other caution with turmeric use is that it can stain clothing!

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