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Turmeric Fights Tumors

Turmeric, the spice that makes mustard yellow, has medical folks making plans for a new weapon in the war on cancer. An extract of the turmeric root contains the phytochemical curcumin, which has been shown to eliminate cancer cells from the body. And it costs as little as $8 to administer at levels that rival the effects of chemotherapy.

Turmeric, a perennial herb prized in Ayurvedic medicine, is also known as the gold-colored Indian spice used to make curry. Now, it’s winning renown as nutritional chemotherapy.

Growing Popularity

This low-cost, natural substance is taken by countless people every day to prevent cancer — and at chemotherapy levels to treat cancer in early and advanced stages without side effects.

Curcumin is one of hundreds of natural chemicals found in the turmeric root. People often use the terms turmeric and circumin interchangeably, but turmeric refers to the whole food or whole herb and curcumin is an extract with significant therapeutic properties.

Curcumin’s medicinal use dates back 6,000 years ago to the ancient Egyptian pharaohs and Ayurvedic medical practitioners in India. Today, curcumin is an antioxidant used to combat arthritis, inflammation, tumors and neurodegeneration.

An American pharmaceutical company tried to patent turmeric when Western researchers first revealed its cancer-fighting properties, but health practitioners and suppliers from India were outraged since practitioners had been using the herb for thousands of years to heal and treat major diseases.

“Curcumin has broad anti-cancer effects during initiation, promotion and progression of tumors. Several studies suggest that curcumin can cause cancer to regress, has action against carcinogens, substantially reduces the formation of mutagenic (cancer causing) chemicals and eliminates DNA damage to prevent the development of cancer,” says Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa (KP), Yogaraj in Ayurveda, author of Herbal Defenses and one of the world’s foremost natural healing experts.

Potent Herb

Curcumin has been shown to be effective for both cancer prevention and treatment because it contains potent levels of:

  • Phytochemicals: Plant chemicals that have protective and disease preventive properties.
  • Polyphenols and chemo-preventives: Compounds that suppress tumor formation and block harmful chemicals from crossing cell membranes.
  • Antioxidants and anticarcinogenics: Free-radical scavengers that suppress harmful mutations and halt precancerous and cancerous growths.

Experts believe curcumin may prove helpful in reducing our high breast cancer rates because it can slow and stop the division — and the spread — of cancerous cells. In a study on human breast cancer cells, curcumin reversed cancer’s development by 98 percent. Another study using curcumin in mice hindered the spread of cancer from the breasts into the lungs, throat and other areas.

Researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center conducted a study that showed that adding curcumin into cell cultures containing multiple myeloma (a type of cancer) stopped cancer cells from reproducing — and killed the remaining cells.

Cancer Obstruction

Curcumin also obstructs cancerous cell growth by activating and enhancing the release of human glutathione. Glutathione is a key antioxidant that the body produces to maintain normal cellular activity. Working together, glutathione and curcumin inhibit cellular mutagens that might otherwise promote cancer.

Curcumin has also been shown to reduce chemically induced cancer by 90 percent, including mouth and tongue cancers caused by smoking. Curcumin inhibits activities of the P450 liver enzyme that would otherwise convert environmental toxins into carcinogens, which stimulate cellular mutation and promote cancerous growth.

“Curcumin has been found to influence over 60 molecular targets in the cancer process. With an established safety record and a fraction of the cost of conventional chemotherapy, plant compounds like curcumin represent an enormous and almost untapped resource for cancer treatment,” says Jonathan Treasure, co-founder of Centre for Natural Healing and co-author of Herb, Nutrient, and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies.

High doses of pure curcumin are required to reach chemotherapeutic levels; however, over-the-counter supplements can provide a high concentration of the extract.

For the proper dose of curcumin for cancer treatment, consult with a naturopathic doctor or an Ayurvedic medical practitioner.

Filed Under: Alternative MedicineCancer ConcernsEasy Health Digest™

About the Author: Danica Collins is a natural health journalist and the Managing Editor of The Underground Health Reporter™. She is also the spokesperson for Think-Outside-the-Book Publishing, the publisher of The One-Minute Cure: The Secret to Healing Virtually All Diseases, which reveals the scientifically proven therapy that creates a condition in the body that is uninhabitable by disease.

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  • Donald

    Turmeric in the spice rack that has been finely ground could this be used and at what amounts.

    • dan

      how do you do away with high blood pressure

    • sue

      i have read that black pepper is vital for the uptake of tumeric. My cholesterol readings have improved in all areas since using 1/2 a teaspoonful daily

  • Mike Borst

    I have been taking Turmeric for years, the first 10 months I took it, my colestrol droped fron 209 to 102. So it not only good to fight Tumors it is good for a few other things. I can tell you how to do away with High Blood Pressure. I Love Natural products. Feel Free to E-mail me.
    Well in that case I guess I’m done, seeing I can’t lower the Boom Dear ole John the speaker of The House.
    Thank You

    • carol bouquet

      How do you lower the blood pressure too. Thanks for the help.

    • D. Ellis

      So, how do you get rid of high blood pressure naturally?
      Thank you,
      D. Ellis

      • http://n/a Wayne

        Blood pressure? look up on google search (health benefits of cayenne
        pepper (hot ground) consume a small amount twice a day in a glass of water. Cayenne has heaps of health benefits if consumed religously.
        I had Crohnes dises for 28 yrs in one and a half months my stools
        returned to normal, for 17months I have had no symptoms. search through the first 4-5 items 3.5 million reports on the cayenne, the
        first 4-5 items you should find all the info you require, does balance
        blood pressure whether high or low. Kind Regards Wayne.

    • Margarita

      Hi, Mike, I would be very grateful of you could share your experience in combatting high blood pressure.
      Thank you!
      Best regards, Margarita

    • http://jdselm1946@windstream.net Edna

      could you give me info on what amonut you used to accomplish your Goal?

    • Robert

      Great coment. How to get rid of high blood pressure?

      • FloridaHerbHouse.com

        Start a Ketogenic diet with your doctors approval and your blood pressure will drop to normal values after 30 days. My blood pressure used to be 150′s/100′s and now it is always 120′s/80′s!!! If you can’t maintain a Ketogenic diet then at the very least remove sugar and processed foods from your plate.
        :-)

    • Anne Elwell

      Let me have your ideas about circumin and its uses.

      Anne

  • Abigail Taylor

    To keep high blood pressure controlled, cut up finely about three pegs of garlic, place in a cup, and add boiling water enough to just cover over the garlic, cover the cup and steep for twenty minutes. After this, you may add a little room temperature water just enough to make about 3/4 cup of liquid, then drink the liquid. Do this once a week. I will also suggest you eat two pegs of garlic in your lunch meal. Simply grate it, and mix in food. Garlic is a natural antibiotic. Eating it will help one from getting parasites, and also it will prevent you from getting a stroke. God bless you.

  • Abigail Taylor

    Your best buy is organic turmeric, and the capsule form is quite okay. But if you purchase the ground turmeric from a Supermarket, this would be so much better than not having any at all. As you finished your stew or curry, just sprinkle a little ground turmeric into it, and stir. This is where you will get the benefits of it. Another way it is very useful and helps to relieve pain, mix 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger in a little warm water and drink once a day. You will be amazed! God bless.

    • g man

      Try putting a little in your coffee in the morning. It adds an interesting flavor.

  • Sani Hashim

    My sister is going thru a very painful period of chemotherapy,a second stage of the illness.
    I sincerely appreciate if someone can tell me as to how to use turmeric (powder) to overcome her sufferings. Thank you .

    • Uday Mehta

      Dear Sir, TRY IMMEDIATELY PRANIC HEALING !!! YOU WILL BE AMAZED !!! CANCER WILL BE GONE !!! GOD BLESS US ALL ALWAYS !!!

  • Susan

    I was diagnosed with stage 3 Her2neu positive breast cancer one year ago. The tumor was 8 cm. And growing very aggressively. I immediately started on curcumin capsules prescribed by my acupuncturist, taking 9 capsules per day divided in three doses, along with several other supplements. I also chose to treat the cancer using an integrative approach, doing chemo treatments along with. One year later, I am completely cancer free and my traditional doctors are amazed! How do I know the curcumin works? The tumor started shrinking within four weeks before I even started on chemo! It continued to shrink 2 cm per month! The doctors said they’d never seen a tumor shrink so quickly, but wouldnt admit that it could be due to the curcumin! Another benefit of curcumin as well as other supplements is that I had NO nausea or other nasty side effects from chemo, which also amazed them! I am beyond thankful for my progress due to the Great Physician and Master Herbalist… God who has created all things for our benefit! I am proof that Curcumin works! PTL!

    • joy

      hello susan, please which brand of curcumin capsules did you use? and where did u buy it, please? will appreciate your reply.

    • Rachel

      Hi Susan,
      Thank you for posting the information about curcumin and your wonderful healing experiance. We already know a little about the value of Tumeric. My husband has been diagnosed with follicular Lymphoma and has had one round of Chemo. Like yourself his body dealt with it very well as we eat natural foods and supplements and believe in the power of prayer.We know too that our Creator has provided all that is needed for our healing.
      We would really appreciate knowing here to purchase your particular brand of curcumin capsules.Many thanks .

      • FloridaHerbHouse.com

        The best I have found on the market is Theracurmin Pro 300 by a company called Bioclinic Naturals. I have been using 1 capsule 3 times per day and often making the lunchtime dose 2 capsules. So in total it is 4 capsules daily and each capsule has been shown to be equal to 8100 mg of standard circumin capsules.

        God Bless!

        Faith Heals right along with a radical change in our diet!

        Steve,

        Cancer Survivor

        Stage IV

  • Mari

    I started eating Turmeric whenI was diagnsed with uterine cancer. Doctors took out the tumor by surgery but I refused chemo and radio.
    I went to an ayuverdic doctor. He gave me some herbals and I take the Zrii nutritionals formulated by Deepak Chopra.
    I am cancer free now for 4 months. The doctors are amazed. The indian/meditarrean diet, ayuverdic herbals did it for me. I put turmiruc oneverything I eat. To make better I add black pepper. It makes the absorpion of turmiric a lot faster.
    I would not leave without out EVER.

    • susie

      how do you know if your cancer free ?

  • MGAL

    Beware of overdosing on Turmeric, as with any supplement. As great as it can be, Turmeric causes heart palpitations and other side effects. Do your research and consult someone knowledgeable. These articles are great, but they are also ONE source. Read up well and be cautious.

  • Mild-Bill

    Also look up Paw-Paw,and Graviola. Both cure cancer.I love Curcumin and take it every day . There are a lot moor things that curcumin is good for get on the net and look up the benefits of curcumin,you will be suprised.My you have a Blessed Day!

  • Kate

    Curcumin is one of hundreds of natural chemicals found in the turmeric root. People often use the terms turmeric and circumin interchangeably, but turmeric refers to the whole food or whole herb and curcumin is an extract with significant therapeutic properties.

    So, is it “curcmin” or “turmeric” that one should buy to take as a supplement?

  • joy

    hello susan, please which brand of curcumin capsules did you use? and where did u buy it, please?

  • Juliet

    Walmart has the Spring Valley brand of Turmeric for 7$ for 90 capsules.

    • merle noriega

      Thank u so much for the info of where – can purchase the capsules. My cousin has breast cancer, and I suffer with HBP .It just goes haywire. My pressure elevates while I am asleep at night,so on waking up on mornings it,s high. I am really going to try this.

  • Lyn Talaba

    The University of Michigan in January of 2011 did a human cancer study with curcumin and in two weeks the tumor shrinking rate was so astoundingly high I read that they stopped the study and gave it to the controls so they could benefit as well. I heard a drug company shortly after the study ended patented a chemical version of curcumin to give to cancer patients. Dr. Oz said that curcumin with black pepper makes it even more effective. I take it every day. In the book Mastering Leptin written by a chemist and his wife ( the Richards) found that curcumin stops the mitochondria of a cancer cell from splitting. It also crosses the blood brain barrier apparently, so I think it is helping a friend of mine shrink her brain cancer tumor.

  • Wayne

    Please pardon me if I am slow on the uptake. Am I to understand that turmeric taken orally only (as opposed to being injected) fights cancer tumors? Just thought I’d ask. Thanks.

  • Nicolo Oggiano

    Where can I find a quality Turmeric supplement that you may know of?

    Thanks

    God Bless
    Nicolo Oggiano

    • Regina

      I buy a high quality organic turmeric from a company called Organic India (www.organicindia.com). I buy my turmeric in 1 pound bags (for about $15). They also turmeric in capsules.

    • FloridaHerbHouse

      The best I have found on the market is Theracurmin Pro 300 by a company called Bioclinic Naturals. I have been using 1 capsule 3 times per day and often making the lunchtime dose 2 capsules. So in total it is 4 capsules daily and each capsule has been shown to be equal to 8100 mg of standard circumin!

      God Bless!
      Faith Heals right along with a radical change in our diet!

      Steve,
      Cancer Survivor
      Stage IV

  • Glenda

    Please tell where to get these supplements. My husbaand has lung cancer and is taking chemo and radiation.

    • Uday Mehta

      Dear Sir, TRY IMMEDIATELY PRANIC HEALING !!! YOU WILL BE AMAZED !!! CANCER WILL BE GONE !!! GOD BLESS US ALL ALWAYS !!!

      Reply

  • Susan

    You can get Curcumin online at a few vitamin companies. I get mine from Lucky Vitamins. Com and it is made by Pure Encapsulations. It is quite expensive, but it also has the black pepper in it for better absorption.

    • joy

      hello susan
      thanks for the information on the curcumin. please can u also tell me the other supplemsnts you took along with this. i will really appreciate this. my email is rafejoy@yahoo.com. pls i willl aapreciate your sending the information to my email.

  • richie

    In a bid to avoid colon cancer recurrance following my operation,and after refusing 6 months of chemo, I decided to go the alternative route. I’ve been doing the Budwig diet for last 14 months, among other things. + Mainly vegitarian diet. HOWEVER I have recently started CURCUMIN X4000, a product which boasts absorbsion 23 times better than ordinary curcumin. Quote “In a recent study 450mg curcumin x4000 delivered the equivalent benefits of 4000mg of ordinary curcumin 95%”, (UP TO 45 TIMES GREATER UTILIZATION WAS REPORTED) I got mine from Amazon.co.uk. I also add a little black pepper, known to increase absorbsion. I take it by emptying the capsules into tomato juice. Tastes good! This is both powerful, and cost effective. Curcumin has many benefits.

    • Miha Jurgec

      Hello my dad’s gonna go through chemo right now I was wondering what was the effect of CURCUMIN X4000 for you, did your blood markers stay low/get even lower. If there was any effect, I’d love to hear it from you. I’ve just bought the product for him and he’s been taking it for four days now, reporting of no changes right now. I don’t want him to go through chemo for too long since the organs are fine (he has two little 15mm spots, on in the lung which probably isn’t cancerous and one near the backbone, which might be cancerous) and I’d like to know if he can take chemo with this product. Please if you can, write me back about it, I’ll be very grateful thanks a lot Miha from Slovenia

  • L. Ierardi

    I have swelling of the calves and my physicians tell me that it is edema. I take Hydrochlorothyazide and Thyrin as diaretics but the swelling has not subsided. Any ideas as to alternate treatment?