“Curcumin acts against transcription factors, which are like a master switch. Transcription factors regulate all the genes needed for tumors to form. When we turn them off, we shut down some genes that are involved in the growth and invasion of cancer cells.”
– Bharat Aggarwal
Turmeric is an orange-colored Indian spice that has been a staple in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cuisine for thousands of years. Known for it’s powerful medicinal qualities, Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines use Turmeric to clear infections and inflammations on the inside and outside of the body. Only recently has western medicine begun to recognize the benefits of turmeric.
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12 Studies on Turmeric, Cancer, and Disease
1. Head and Neck Cancer – Doctors at UCLA recently found that curcumin, the main component in turmeric, appeared to block an enzyme that promotes the growth of head and neck cancer. (Study)_
3. Arthritis – A study in 2006 at the University of Arizona study that examined the effect of turmeric on rats with injected rheumatoid arthritis. According to Horwitz, pretreatment with turmeric completely inhibited the onset of rheumatoid arthritis in the rats. (Study)
4. Skin & Breast Cancer – Rodent studies at the University of Texas indicate that curcumin inhibits the growth of a skin cancer, melanoma and also slows the spread of breast cancer into the lungs. (Study)
5. Breast Cancer – In this study, researchers demonstrated that curcumin “inhibits the growth of breast cancer cell lines in a dose dependent manner,…” (Study)
6. Colon Cancer – When human colorectal carcinoma HCT-15 cells were treated with Curcumin, researchers found that it inhibited cancer cell proliferation and induced apoptosis (cancer-cell death) in a dose- and time-dependent manner.” (Study)
Woman Stuns Researchers by Healing Cancer with Turmeric
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery to remove her tumour and one of her breasts, Vicky Sewart from Devon was advised to take Tamoxifen – a drug commonly issued during the post-cancer remission stage.
However, Sewart refused.
Despite excessive warnings from MD’s who insisted that Vicky would surely not recover using superfoods that are commonly touted as ‘woo’ and ‘ineffective medicine’ by pharma-backed doctors, Stewart found amazing success by altering her lifestyle and taking in extra amounts of superfoods like turmeric each day. Stewart recalls to The Telegraph how her doctor repeatedly voiced concern over switching to a healthy diet full of turmeric to fight the cancer (one of many turmeric health benefits), telling her that it would do virtually nothing: “The doctors absolutely will not say that the diet is going to do anything to help the cancer in any way.” Four years later with absolutely no mainstream treatments, she is still cancer free with no signs of it coming back. At the age of 44, Stewart is now the center of a major research project led by scientists who are downright fascinated by what she has done.