Turmeric is the yellow spice used in curry and mustard and is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine as a cleansing tonic and adaptogenic herb. Areas with diets high in Turmeric have significantly lower rates of breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer. This "cousin" of ginger root is also effective against arthritis and inflammation, and new research is giving a scientific basis to the herb's many health benefits. See full research and uses below. Cook with it, such as adding it to rice or seasoning meats with it; or you can take it in water. Start with a ½ tsp. of turmeric with an 8 oz glass of water daily and work your way up to 1 tsp. a day.
was recently the subject of a startling new research report from at The M.D.
Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
In the study, turmeric was shown to stop metastasis, the progression of breast
cancer, to the lungs and lymph nodes. Follow-up studies are in progress.
A recent article by Dr. Andrew Weil states:
-"People whose diets are rich in turmeric have lower rates of breast cancer as well as prostate, lung and colon cancers."
-"Turmeric is useful for all inflammatory disorders and for autoimmune conditions. It also may have a role in prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's."
-"My preference is for whole turmeric, rather than isolated curcumin, because I believe in the synergy of all active elements in botanical medicines."
An article "Turmeric" by Jacqueline Strax states:
"In Japan this year researchers defined curcumin as a broad-spectrum anti-cancer agent. Its induction of "detoxifying enzymes, "the researchers say, indicate its "potential value ... as a protective agent against chemical carcinogenesis and other forms of electrophilic toxicity. The significance of these results can be implicated in relation to cancer chemopreventive effects of curcumin against the induction of tumors in various target organs"
"Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties of turmeric and curcumin are undergoing intense research. Tests in Germany, reported July 2003, found that "All fractions of the turmeric extract preparation exhibited pronounced antioxidant activity...."
"Several breast tumor cell lines, "including hormone-dependent and -independent and multidrug-resistant (MDR) lines," respond to antiproliferative effects of curcumin. Aggarwal et al examined cell lines "including the MDR-positive ones," and found they were all "highly sensitive to curcumin. The growth inhibitory effect of curcumin was time- and dose-dependent.... Overall our results suggest that curcumin is a potent anti-proliferative agent for breast tumor cells and may have potential as an anticancer agent." (Anticancer Drugs. 1997 June 8(5):470-81). Other laboratories offer varying explanations but confirm the activity level of curcumin against breast, prostate and other cancers."
M.D. Anderson’s scientists state: "Extensive research over the last 50 years has indicated [curcumin] can both prevent and treat cancer. The anticancer potential of curcumin stems from its ability to suppress proliferation of a wide variety of tumor cells, down-regulate transcription factors NF-kappa B, AP-1 and Egr-1; down-regulate the expression of COX2, LOX, NOS, MMP-9, uPA, TNF, chemokines, cell surface adhesion molecules and cyclin D1; down-regulate growth factor receptors (such as EGFR and HER2); and inhibit the activity of c-Jun N-terminal kinase, protein tyrosine kinases and protein serine/threonine kinases."
Benefits of Turmeric: Arthritis, Alzheimer's, pain, inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, breast cancer, reduced cancer risk in smokers, liver protection, bile stimulation, intestinal gas reduction, digestive health, gallbladder health, infection treatment, antifungal, athlete's foot, carpal tunnel, cataract prevention, stroke prevention, headache prevention, treating bursitis and tendinitis, ulcer treatment. *From "The Green Pharmacy" by Dr. James Duke, "Healing Therapies" by Mark Stengler, N.D. and suggestions of Dr. Andrew Weil