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Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin that stops the cancer cell cycle, suppressing tumor growth across a wide range of different cancers. It also suppresses molecules that promote cancer cell activation.
In tests on lung cancer cells and prostate cancer, the researchers found that curcumin, one of a number of substances classified as polyphenols, suppresses tumors. According to the scientists, it can act both as an agent that prevents cancer and a compound that slows a tumor that has already begun to grow.