Curcumin comes from
the Turmeric plant and has been in India as a
spice for centuries. Traditionally, people used curcumin to add flavor to their dishes, with
many cultures recognizing the spice for its many
As the use of
curcumin continues to grow in popularity, so
does the acknowledgement of its many benefits.
It is for this reason that many around the world
have decided to begin integrating curcumin
(mostly through the intake of turmeric) into
their daily lives.
The methods of doing
so include simply consuming turmeric as a food
source, taking turmeric extract in pill form, or
ingesting highly concentrated liquid turmeric
One primary reason for the explosion of
publicity and scientific research over curcumin
has to do with its unique relationship with
diseases like cancer, Alzheimerís disease, and
The powers of
curcumin on cancer in particular, however,
have sparked a great
deal of interest.
Turmeric is A Powerful Anti-Cancer
Agent and Your Liver's Best Friend
by Jonathan Benson
September 10, 2013
A simple, yet highly effective way to thwart cancer and protect your
liver against disease can be found in a common spice that has been
used in Indian cooking for thousands of years.
Turmeric, and more specifically,
curcumin, its primary active ingredient, continues to shine as an
awe-inspiring, anti-cancer "superfood" spice with a vast array of
tangible health benefits, including its ability to induce cancer
cell death and prevent cirrhosis.
Research is constantly being published with regards to the nutritive
power of turmeric, and some of the latest research highlights the
many ways in which this herb battles cancer.
A recent study published in the Asian
Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, for instance, found that a
dose-dependent administration of curcumin effectively activated
apoptosis of liver cancer cells, meaning it prompted these harmful
cells to die. In their conclusion, the researchers involved with
this study declared curcumin to be a "promising phytomedicine in
Previous studies have arrived at similar conclusions, including a
2007 study published in the journal, Liver International.
Researchers from the Department of Gastroenterology at the Tel-Aviv
Sourasky Medical Center in Israel tested the effects of curcumin in
mice with chemical-induced liver damage.
Compared to hepatic damaged mice not
given curcumin, those given the spice effectively averted developing
liver cirrhosis, an outcome that researchers attributed to
turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties.
"As curcumin ingestion is safe in
humans, it may be reasonable to assess in clinical studies the
beneficial effect of curcumin in slowing the development of
liver cirrhosis," wrote the authors in their conclusion.
One year later, in 2008, researchers out
of Taiwan published a study verifying that curcumin can also benefit
in the treatment of lung cancer.
Not only did the spice demonstrate a
unique ability to prevent cancer cells from invading and spreading,
but it also activated key proteins responsible for naturally
blocking and suppressing tumors from forming. The team from the
National Yang-Ming University in Taipei ultimately declared that
their findings support the application of curcumin in anti-cancer
And again in 2010, a study published in the Journal of Ovarian
Research found that curcumin has another unique use in cancer
Patients with ovarian cancer, which is
difficult to treat conventionally due to chemotherapy and radiation
resistance, can be effectively "pre-treated" with curcumin in order
to improve the efficacy of conventional cancer treatment.
"Curcumin pre-treatment enhances
chemo/radio-sensitization in ... ovarian cancer cells through
multiple molecular mechanisms," wrote the authors, who are from
the University of South Dakota, of this particular study.
"[C]urcumin pre-treatment may
effectively improve ovarian cancer therapeutics."
Supplementing with curcumin, adding
turmeric to food
...can help you and your family avoid cancer
The Life Extension Foundation (LEF) has conducted extensive research
into the anti-cancer properties of turmeric and found that the spice
targets an astounding 10 causative factors involved in cancer
Countless hundreds of published studies,
it turns out, have also shown that curcumin is a potent anti-cancer
food that blocks cancer development in a number of unique ways.
Though a precise cancer prevention dosage of turmeric has not
officially been established, studies involving human patients with
diagnosed cancer found that curcumin doses of about 3,600 mg (3.6
grams) induced paraptosis; targeted destruction of cancer cell
mitochondria; disruption of the cancer cell cycle; cancer cell
down-regulation; and arrested stem cell development.
Be sure to check out this extensive and
highly-informative LEF report on turmeric
to learn more about how it can help you and your family avoid
Curcumin Matches Exercise in Slowing Aging,
Protecting the Heart
by Mike Barrett
April 03, 2013
It is well established that exercise
helps to preserve youth and protect the heart from aging, but it
certainly isnít the one protector out there.
3 different studies carried out by
researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan, the spice
turmeric may be just as effective as moderate
exercise at preventing aging and
boosting heart health.
For the first of the 3 randomized,
double-blind, and placebo-controlled trials, researchers divided 32
postmenopausal women into 3 separate groups to examine the effects
of curcumin and exercise on the heart.
One group was given curcumin orally, the
second group partook in moderate exercise training, and the third
group did nothing at all. The study lasted 8 weeks.
After measuring participantsí vascular
endothelial function - a key indicator of overall cardiovascular
health - at the start and end of the study, they found that the
control group saw no improvement while the curcumin group and
exercise group saw equal, notable improvement.
study abstract concludes with:
"Our results indicated that curcumin
ingestion and aerobic exercise training can increase
flow-mediated dilation in postmenopausal women, suggesting that
both can potentially improve the age-related decline in
In the second of the 3 studies,
researchers examined curcuminís effects on another key measure in
cardiovascular health known as
For the study, 32 women were split into
One group (control) received a
Another received curcumin
The third group engaged in an
exercise routine while also taking a placebo pill
And the fourth group exercised
and supplemented with curcumin
The control group saw no significant
improvement, while both the exercise group and curcumin group saw
equally significantly improvement. Groups exercising while also
taking the supplements saw the greatest improvement.
Finally, researchers in the third study
set out to test their hypothesis that curcumin and exercise,
"might lower the age-related
increase in [the heart's] left ventricular (LV) after load".
After assigning 45 individuals in the
same four different groups used in the second study, the researchers
found once again that exercise and curcumin supplementation produced
significant increases in heart health.
"Regular ingestion of curcumin could
be a preventive measure against cardiovascular disease in
postmenopausal women. Furthermore, our results suggest that
curcumin may be a potential alternativeÖ for patients who are
unable to exercise," the University of Tsukuba team concluded.
Past research has
also pointed out that turmeric is fantastic for strengthening the
heart and staving off
heart attacks in individuals who have had recent bypass
Why turmeric is the fountain of youth and the
key to vibrant health
by Ethan A. Huff
April 29, 2013
To the many traditional cultures around the world that have long
utilized the spice in cooking and medicine, turmeric's amazing
anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer benefits are no
But modern, Western cultures are only
just now beginning to learn of the incredible healing powers of
turmeric, which in more recent days have earned it the appropriate
title of "king of all spices." And as more scientific evidence
continues to emerge, turmeric is quickly becoming recognized as a
fountain of youth "superspice" with near-miraculous potential in
A cohort of scientific studies published in recent years have shown
that taking turmeric on a regular basis can actually lengthen
lifespan and improve overall quality of life.
A study conducted on roundworms, for
instance, found that small amounts of curcumin, the primary active
ingredient in turmeric, increased average lifespan by about 39
percent. A similar study involving fruit flies revealed a 25 percent
lifespan increase as a result of curcumin intake.
In the first study, researchers found that turmeric helped reduce
the number of reactive oxygen species in roundworms, as well as
reduce the amount of cellular damage that normally occurs during
Curcumin was also observed to improve
roundworms' resistance to heat stress compared to those not taking
And in fruit flies, curcumin appeared to
trigger increased levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD), an
antioxidant compound that protects cells against oxidative damage. (http://www.lef.org)
"Given the long and established
history of turmeric as a spice and herbal medicine, its
demonstrated chemo-preventive and therapeutic potential, and its
pharmacological safety in model system, curcumin, the bioactive
extract of turmeric, promises a great future in human clinical
studies designed to prevent and/or delay age-related diseases,"
explained the authors of a review on these and other animal
studies involving turmeric.
Improve the quality of your life with
therapeutic doses of curcumin
Even with all the data showing that it can help boost energy levels,
cleanse the blood, heal digestive disorders, dissolve gallstones,
treat infections, and prevent cancer, some health experts have been
reluctant to recommend taking turmeric in medicinal doses until
human clinical trials have been conducted.
But unlike pharmaceutical drugs, taking
turmeric is not dangerous, and civilizations have been consuming
large amounts of it for centuries as part of their normal diets.
According to consumption data collected back in the 1980s and 1990s,
the average Asian person consumes up to 1,000 milligrams of turmeric
a day, or as much as 440 grams per year, which equates to roughly 90
milligrams of active curcuminoids per day at higher end of the
And these figures, of course, primarily
cover just the amount of turmeric consumed as food in curries and
other traditional dishes, which means supplements with similar
concentrations are perfectly safe and effective.
But the truth of the matter is that you can safely take much higher
doses of both turmeric and curcumin, and doing so will provide even
The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon
State University (OSU) has compiled a thorough list of turmeric's
benefits with detailed information about the doses used to achieve
You can access this list here:
Seven ways to get more super-healing turmeric
in your diet
by P.F. Louis
May 27, 2013
You probably know by now that turmeric has been acknowledged as a
potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer substance.
Turmeric is a rhizome with edible roots that grow underground
horizontally. It's actually related to ginger and somewhat resembles
Turmeric's active ingredient, curcumin, is often extracted and used
in many clinical studies for cancer and chronic inflammation such as
But there are ways to enjoy turmeric as a spice to please your
palate and add its active ingredient, curcumin, as a daily part of
your body's biological chemistry.
Regardless of recipe differences, keep in mind that for optimum
curcumin absorption from turmeric, three basic elements are
You can choose one or two fats from the following cold-pressed or
organic fat sources:
goat and cow milk
Soy milk and Canola oil are not
the best choices.
Easy ways to add more turmeric into
Turmeric can spice up your rice
It's especially appropriate for organic white
basmati or Indian "parboiled" rice. Parboiled white rice is
often from India, and it is nutritious and digestible enough
recommended by Ayurvedic doctors.
By the way, Asian rices generally contain less arsenic than
Make sure the rice isn't overcooked or soggy, then lightly
stir-fry the rice in a suitable pan with a cold-pressed
organic oil of your choice sprinkled with black pepper. Add
some chopped cilantro and/or whatever salivates your taste
Eggs can be fried or scrambled
using butter or coconut oil with a liberal sprinkle of
turmeric and sea salt. Don't forget the pepper.
Use green or
brown lentils that can be cooked in around a half-hour with
a two-to-one liquid to lentil ratio. You might try organic
vegetable stock instead of purified, fluoride-free water.
When the lentils are almost done, lightly stir fry-turmeric
powder in ghee or coconut oil. Mix the turmeric and oil and
with the lentils and some black pepper.
You can create a similar dish
with chick peas or garbanzo beans.
If you use canned
garbanzo beans, make sure they are organic and the cans are
labeled BPA-free. But it's healthier and cheaper if you
simply soak dry bulk organic chick peas in pure water
overnight and boil them for a half-hour or so.
Either way, coat the chick peas with plenty of turmeric
powder, black pepper, and some sea salt mixed with an
organic cold-pressed oil of your choice. Then lightly roast
the mixture on a medium level oven setting for 15 to 20
A cooling turmeric summer elixir
can be prepared by first boiling some turmeric root, letting
it cool down somewhat, discarding the root and adding honey,
lemon or lime, and a dash of ground turmeric with a pinch of
black pepper. Pour over ice and enjoy.
How about a smoothie?
blend a half or a whole banana with some grated or powdered
ginger, raw honey, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a teaspoon
of bee pollen with two teaspoons of turmeric paste made by
stirring turmeric over heat in ghee or coconut oil and black
Blend with activated almond milk. Dana will
tell you how to make activated almond milk
Here's a convenient way to
ensure your daily turmeric: Prepare a turmeric paste that
you can refrigerate for several days and use to quickly
prepare a "Golden Milk".
Here's a show and tell for that:
How Curcumin Protects Against Cancer
by J. Everett Borger
Life Extension Magazine
According to the American Cancer Society,1 one out
of every three women in the United States risks developing some form
of cancer over the course of their lives.
For men, that number rises to one in
two. Since cancer is an age-related disease, the risk of diagnosis
increases the longer one lives, making it the second leading cause
of death in this country.2,3
These data underscore a stark reality. When it comes to cancer
prevention, the medical establishment and drug company profiteers
remain grossly negligent in protecting the public. The result is
countless avoidable cancer deaths each year. There is an urgent need
to provide aging individuals with validated interventions to target
cancerís multiple causative factors before they take hold.
Among the most compelling and under-recognized of these is curcumin.
In contrast to mainstream oncologyís focus on single-agent toxic
treatments, curcumin has emerged as a potent multimodal
cancer-preventing agent, with 240 published studies appearing in the
global scientific literature in the past year alone.
In this article, you will learn of the multiple factors involved in
carcinogenesis (cancer development).
You will discover up-to-date research
demonstrating curcuminís power to disrupt specific molecular
mechanisms that lead to cancer - and to even treat the disease in
System-Wide, Safe, Multimodal Defense
Curcumin is derived from the Indian spice turmeric and possesses
several active components, all of which contribute to its
anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive power.4-6
fact, curcumin targets ten causative factors involved in cancer
Disrupting any one of these factors gives you a good chance of
preventing cancer; disrupting several provides even greater
protection, including the prevention of DNA damage.7
By blocking the inflammatory master molecule nuclear factor-kappaB
(or NF-kB), curcumin blunts cancer-causing inflammation, slashing
levels of inflammatory cytokines throughout the body.8,9
Curcumin also interferes with production of dangerous advanced
glycation end products that trigger inflammation which can lead to
Curcumin alters cellular signaling to enhance healthy control over
cellular replication, which tightly regulates the cellular
reproductive cycle, helping to stop uncontrolled proliferation of
new tissue in tumors.11
It promotes apoptosis in rapidly
reproducing cancer cells without affecting healthy tissue11-13 and
reins in tumor growth by making tumors more vulnerable to
pharmacologic cell-killing treatments.11,14
In addition, curcumin regulates tumor suppressor pathways and
triggers mitochondrial-mediated death in tumor tissue, thereby
increasing the death of cancer cells.11,15
Finally, curcumin interferes with tumor invasiveness and blocks
molecules that would otherwise open pathways to penetration of
tissue.2 It also helps to starve tumors of their
vital blood supply and it can oppose many of the processes that
permit metastases to spread.8,16,17
These multi-targeted actions are central
to curcuminís capacity to block multiple forms of cancer before they
Combating Deadly Cancers in Women
Breast cancers vary widely in their responsiveness to standard
treatment. Cancers that depend on the hormone estrogen for survival
are more effectively treated with conventional methods.
Those that lack receptors for female
hormones are far more resistant to treatment. This is where
curcuminís value truly lies, because it has the ability to induce
apoptosis (programmed cell death) in a variety of hormone-negative
Remarkably, curcumin produces virtually
no change in healthy breast cells, with very low toxicity even at
doses as high as 8,000 mg daily.21
In human cancer patients, curcumin doses as high as 3,600 mg a day
have been shown to induce the following favorable anti-cancer
Paraptosis. A process similar to
apoptosis (programmed cell death), curcumin initiates
paraptosis only in breast cancer cells, resulting in their
Targeted destruction of
cancer-cell mitochondria (leaving mitochondria in healthy
Disruption of the cancer cell
cycle. Curcumin can "suspend" cancerous cells in a
non-reproductive state within their life cycle, thereby
halting their replication.20,23-25
Cancer cell downregulation.
Curcumin blocks a group of molecules vital to the process of
metastasis. In animal models, it has been shown to reduce
metastatic spread to the lungs via this pathway.17,26,27
Arrested stem cell development.
Curcumin inhibits growth and renewal of so-called cancer
stem cells, aberrant cells now believed to be at the root of
many cancers, including breast cancer.3,28
Curcumin has also been shown to
effectively combat cervical cancer, a leading cause of cancer death
in women in developing nations and a common cancer in this country.29
It is caused largely by infection with
the human papilloma virus, or HPV. Curcuminís anti-inflammatory
effects break the link that triggers HPV-induced cancer development.29,30
Curcumin further promotes apoptosis of cancer cells within the
lining of the uterus and reduces the growth rate of painful but
non-malignant uterine leiomyomas (uterine fibroids). 31-34
Collectively, these effects make curcumin attractive both as a
primary chemopreventive agent in women at risk for breast cancer and
an adjuvant treatment option in those who have already developed the
Prostate Cancer Defense
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in
American men.35,44 Fortunately, its long latency
period and slow growth rate make it a prime candidate for
Curcumin strikes at multiple targets in
prostate malignancies, interfering with the spread of cancer cells
and regulating inflammatory responses through the master regulator
Like certain breast cancers, prostate cancer is often dependent on
sex hormones for its growth. Curcumin reduces expression of sex
hormone receptors in the prostate, which speeds androgenic breakdown
and impairs cancer cellsí ability to respond to the effects of
It also inhibits cancer initiation and
promotion 43 by blocking metastases from forming
in the prostate and regulating enzymes required for tissue
Combating Gastrointestinal Cancers
Colorectal cancer is the third most common malignancy in adults and
the second leading cause of cancer deaths.45,46
Despite aggressive surgical care and
chemotherapy, nearly 50% of people with colorectal cancers develop
recurrent tumors.47 This may be due in part to the
survival of dangerous colon cancer stem cells that resist
conventional chemotherapy and act as "seeds" for subsequent cancers.3,48,49
On the other hand, these cancers are excellent candidates for
prevention, since they follow a predictable sequence from
non-malignant polyps to full-blown cancerous growths, usually
requiring a decade to develop.46
Much as with malignancies of the breast, cervix, and prostate,
curcumin slows the progression from colon polyp to cancer by damping
down the inflammatory cascade triggered by NF-kB and
This halts the growth of cancer cells
before they can become detectable tumors via a host of interrelated
Curcumin also creates a gastrointestinal environment more favorable
to optimal colon health by reducing levels of so-called secondary
bile acids, natural secretions that contribute to colon cancer risk.52
That has a direct effect, inhibiting proliferation of cancer cells
and further reducing their production.53
Curcumin also suppresses colon cancer when combined with other
polyphenols such as resveratrol.46,54 The
combination of curcumin with green tea extracts has prevented
experimentally induced colon cancer in rats.55
Curcumin also synergizes with standard chemotherapy drugs, helping
to boost their efficacy and potentially reduce the dose of toxic
chemotherapy products, minimizing needless harm and suffering for
cancer patients.45,47-49 Curcumin increases colon
cancer cell response to radiation.56
A novel feature of curcumin is its ability to bind to and activate
vitamin D receptors in colon cells.57 Vitamin D is
known to exert potent anti-cancer properties.
Curcumin is equally powerful at preventing cancers in the stomach.
It inhibits growth and proliferation of human gastric cancer cells
in the laboratory and is particularly effective in stopping cancers
that have become resistant to multiple drug treatment.58-60
Curcumin can prevent gastric cancer cells from progressing through
their growth cycle, blocking further tumor growth.60
Infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a
known cause of gastritis, peptic ulcer, and gastric cancer.61
Curcumin blocks growth of H. pylori and reduces the rate at which
stomach cells react by turning cancerous.61,62
This effect is again related to
curcuminís fundamental ability to block activation of inflammatory
What You Need to Know: Multimodal Anti-Cancer
Power of Curcumin
Curcumin has emerged as a
potent cancer-preventing agent, with 240 published
studies appearing in the global scientific literature in
the past year alone.
Its multimodal effects act
to simultaneously counter ten discrete causative factors
in cancer development.
It intervenes at each stage
in the complex sequence of events that enable cancer
cells to develop, proliferate, and metastasize.
Its multitargeted mechanisms
of action have yielded compelling results in combating a
remarkably broad array of cancers, including those of
the breast, uterus, cervix, prostate, and GI tract.
A blossoming body of
research reveals curcuminís promise in countering
cancers of the blood, brain, lung, and bladder as well.
Further Preventive Potential
Curcuminís anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and gene-regulating
powers have been explored in preventing or treating cancers of the
blood-forming system (leukemias, lymphomas, and myelomas) as well as
those of the brain, lung, and bladder.12,13,63-81
Even aggressive tumors of the head and
neck, often following years of smoking, are proving responsive to
Curcumin is also emerging as a
potentially effective intervention for pancreatic cancer - one of
cancerís most lethal and aggressive forms.86-90
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US, and the risk
of developing the disease increases significantly as we age.
Curcumin has emerged as a potent cancer-preventing agent, with 240
published studies appearing in the global scientific literature in
the past year. Curcuminís multimodal effects act to simultaneously
counter ten discrete causative factors in cancer development.
It intervenes at each stage in the complex sequence of events that
must occur in order for a cancer to develop, progress, invade, and
ultimately metastasize to healthy tissue.
The multi-targeted mechanisms of curcumin have yielded compelling
results in combating a remarkably broad array of cancers, including
those of the breast, uterus, cervix, prostate, and GI tract.
A burgeoning body of research
demonstrates curcuminís potential to counter cancers of the blood,
brain, lung, and bladder as well.
Ten Key Causative Factors in...
More than many other age-related
diseases, cancer results from the cumulative effect of years of
discrete, small-scale assaults on the body.
Oxidation, inflammation, stress,
infection, and other physiological insults take their toll,
inflicting lethal damage over time that sets abnormal cell
proliferation in motion.91,92
DNA damage. Numerous
biomolecular assaults strike at the "blueprint" that
cells need in order to replicate themselves accurately.
DNA damage is often referred to as the "initiator" in
cancer development - the first step in the onset of most
Excessive or chronic
inflammation. Inflammatory processes trigger the release
of a host of disruptive cytokines (cell-signaling
molecules) that affect virtually all cellular functions.
Inflammation is commonly referred to as a cancer
"promoter" for this reason.
Disruption of cell signaling
pathways. Normal communication within and between cells
assures proper regulation of their healthy function.
These pathways are easily disrupted by adverse events
such as inflammation.
Alterations in the cellular
reproductive cycle. Cells undergo a four-stage process
as they prepare to replicate themselves. The cell cycle
itself is controlled by signaling pathways that can be
altered or disrupted at each of these stages.
Abnormal regulation of
apoptosis. Apoptosis is the process of naturally
"pre-programmed" cell death that prevents overgrowth of
tissue. When apoptosis fails, cells may undergo
Altered survival pathways.
The flip side of unregulated apoptosis: survival of too
many healthy cells, paradoxically, can endanger the host
by permitting a cancer to take hold by increasing the
odds of mutation and proliferation.
proliferation. Certain hormones and other stimuli can
directly trigger cells to reproduce without safe limits,
especially when the preceding regulatory mechanisms have
Aggressive invasion of
healthy tissue. This is accomplished by excessive
production of enzymes and adhesion molecules that
"dissolve" tissue and allow the tumor to literally take
root. The word "cancer" itself is derived from the
crab-like appearance of fully-developed malignancies,
which extend tendrils in all directions into healthy
Rapid angiogenesis. Tumors
require growth of new blood vessels for nourishment.
They are endowed with the capacity to spontaneously
generate new blood vessels just like healthy tissue.
Angiogenesis in cancer tissue is a primary means by
which tumors grow.
Metastasis. This is the
migration of cancerous cells to regions of the body
beyond the locus of the primary tumor. Metastases are
the distinguishing features of most malignant cancers,
and the typically herald the onset of end-stage disease
because they disrupt otherwise healthy tissues.
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