Many people have used turmeric at least once in their lives. If never, then they are missing several health benefits.
Turmeric is among the popular spices for many reasons. It is used as seasoning and flavor to many dishes. It has interesting yellow-orange color that is mixed in curry dishes. It is also one of the inexpensive spices you can have in your own kitchen.
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This spice usually grows in Asia, including India. It’s been used as medicinal home remedies for centuries. And one of its health benefits is to reduce the risk of cancer.
Curcumin or diferuloyl methane is found in turmeric. This is an active ingredient that is responsible in preventing or treating cancer.
Many laboratory research studies have conducted to prove the benefits of curcumin in turmeric in fighting against cancer. The result in all studies is the same. They have concluded that this compound is very powerful to kill cancer cells. It can also prevent infected cells from growing or spreading. This has been also used to mix into chemotherapy for faster and more effective results.
One study in the UK showed how much curcumin in this spice is needed to effectively help fight cancer cells. It’s a study that involves a few people with bowel cancer that spread into the liver. They gave them curcumin for a week before undergoing a surgical procedure.
At the time of the surgery, doctors removed liver tissue of each patient. They also measured how much curcumin was in those tissues. Unfortunately, the level of this compound wasn’t enough to promote anti-cancer effects. In conclusion, the body must absorb a high level of curcumin in order to become greatly effective in eliminating cancer.
The good news is that if you start adding more turmeric or curcumin in your diet while you are still healthy and not suffering from any type of cancer, there is a greater chance to prevent having this disease. It can also help stop the growth or spread of cancer cells while it’s still at an early stage.
Let’s learn more the health benefits of turmeric.
1. Contains Medicinal Properties
In Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines, turmeric was popularly used as homemade medicine. It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antiseptic, antioxidant, immunostimulant, and hepatoprotective properties. With all these, it’s been long time believed to cure many illnesses, such as liver problems, digestive disorders, skin diseases and periodontal diseases. It can also heal wounds and remove parasites.
2. Controls DNA of Cancer Cells
Like healthy cells, cancer cells have their own DNA structure. If turmeric is eaten, curcumin has the ability to alter the cancer cells’ DNA. Consequently, this helps prevent the spread of cancer cells and growth of tumor.
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3. Stimulates and Increases Antioxidants
Other than the presence of antioxidants, turmeric helps block free radicals. Free radicals damage cells, and these are normally formed through unhealthy diet, environmental toxins and pollution, stress, chemical exposure and even common skin care products.
So far, there are no side effects of turmeric reported. It’s very safe to take at any time and any kind of dishes or even drinks. One thing is certain: it can prevent cancer when taken in large amounts and in constant consumption.
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