Spicy Turmeric Helps in Cancer Treatment and Prevention

Bring on the spice! Curcumin, a powerful antioxidant that is likely helpful in the prevention of cancer, might also be used in the treatment of cancer, a recent study finds. This hard-to-say phytonutrient (take it one syllable at a time: cur-cu-min) is found in turmeric, a root that looks similar to ginger. While it can be used fresh, it is more commonly found dried and ground or in the spice “curry” (which is actually a combination of different spices, turmeric being one of them). Curcumin is easy to identify because it gives these spices their bright yellow-orange color.

Curcumin is an amazing antioxidant, but it’s also a potent anti-inflammatory, so since cancer is often caused by oxidative damage and inflammation, it’s a natural way to help stop inflammation. It also helps inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.  One study states that it might have its most powerful effects along the gastrointestinal tract (mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines and rectum).

Pharmaceutical companies are working to put together a pill that allows curcumin to be absorbed well. However, as with most phytonutrients, they may be best absorbed and utilized by the body just by including them in your diet, so get cooking! If your grocery store or Asian market sells fresh turmeric, you’re in luck. It looks like a smaller version of ginger with a darker outer skin and yellow-orange inside. Peel off the skin and mince into small pieces. If you can’t find it fresh, buy dried ground turmeric from the spice rack section.

Enjoy the new flavor and boost to your health!

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  • Turmeric is also a good remedy for sore throat. A concoction of turmeric, lemon juice and ginger juice will cure it right away. You can also use it to stop the blood flow from a cut. It’s antiseptic too.

  • what about the turmeric we purchase in the Health Food Stores in pill or capsule form. You say pharmaceutical companies are working to develop a pill that allows curcumin to be absorbed well.. Does this mean that the turmeric we buy in Health Stores are not absorbable? This is critical for those of us with sensitive digestive systems.

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