Turmeric Has The Power To Cure Cancer
A new study published in the Anticancer Research points out that turmeric or ‘haldi’, the ancient Indian spice, contains a primary polyphenol known as curcumin, which has the ability to target cancer stem cells. Curcumin can not only help eliminate cancer stem cells, which are the root cause of cancer malignancies, it also has very little toxic effect on normal stem cells that are needed for tissue regeneration. Hence, curcumin could prove to be safer and better than other cancer treatments in the early stages of cancer prevention.
In India, the use of turmeric has been an age-old practice. Many Indian cuisines are incomplete without the use of turmeric. Ayurveda and natural remedies are filled with praise for the therapeutic benefits of this spice. Traditional Chinese and Indonesian medicine has also used turmeric for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to cure jaundice, chest pains, common cold, gastrointestinal problems, menstrual discomforts and other infections.
New studies have discovered that curcumin can help prevent several forms of cancer including liver, stomach, breast, lung and colon. It prevents the development of cancer by interfering with its cellular signalling aspects (Source). Experiments in the lab have shown that curcumin can cause cancer cells to lose their oxygen and thus stop them from spreading.
Curcumin is easily absorbed into the colon lining, giving it an advantage in preventing prostate cancer in men and cervical cancer in women. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in many countries.
The most remarkable feature of curcumin is that it can differentiate between cancer cells and normal cells, according to researchers at the Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas. Also, high doses of curcumin don’t cause any ill effects. So it is truly a blessing for cancer patients.
The fact that curcumin could beat chemotherapy and radiation for initial cancer treatment proves that natural substances are a superior medication to synthetic ones. While we hope that turmeric capsules become the norm to treat cancer very soon, it is strongly recommended to include adequate doses of turmeric into our daily diet as it has the following advantages too –
- Helps in regulating blood sugar
- Can help in losing weight
- Effective in managing arthritis
- Heals wounds faster
- Prevents Alzheimer’s
- Protects against inflammation