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Turmeric, Curcumin Naturally Block Cancer Growth

Anthony Gucciardi
January 29th, 2012
Updated 11/06/2012 at 12:53 pm
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Turmeric and curcumin have been highlighted as powerful anti-cancer substances in the past, but research has now shed even more light on the amazing ability of both turmeric and curcumin to actually block cancer growth. This is due to the unique ability of a main component in turmeric that is actually able to block an enzyme that promotes the spread of head and neck cancer.

Researchers at UCLA found that curcumin — the primary component in turmeric also responsible for its color — exhibited these cancer-blocking properties during a study involving 21 participants suffering from head and neck cancers. The subjects were given two chewable curcumin tablets containing 1,000 milligrams of the substance each. After administering the chewable curcumin tablets, an independent lab in Maryland was in charge of evaluating the results.

What the lab found was that the enzymes in the patients’ mouths responsible for promoting cancer spread and growth were inhibited by the curcumin supplementation. As a result, the curcumin intake halted the spread of the malignant cells. Curcumin has previously been found to reduce tumors by 81% in similarly shocking research, which also gives credence to the natural anti-cancer benefits of turmeric and curcumin intake.

While the benefits of turmeric have not been widely publicized in the United States, turmeric is known for its widespread use in many South Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Utilized as a spice in traditional dishes, many cultures have already fully recognized the powerful health-promoting aspects of turmeric. Perhaps the best part about turmeric is the fact that it is very cheap compared to highly ineffective cancer drugs that have actually been shown to worsen tumors conditions and kill patients. As more health professionals begin to realize the attributes of turmeric and curcumin, it is very possible that it could become as popular and widespread — if not more so– than super-nutrient vitamin D.

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  • Tara

    No one gave a good idea of how much per day and whether the culinary version of turmeric is right or if it has to be some kind of laboratory grade.

  • Fran

    I need some advice please…..I take 1 tsp of tumeric powder a day (the normal tumeric powder that you buy from supermarket)…can someone please advice if this is enough? Am I taking the necessary amount of curcumin?

    • Jan

      Fran,, be smart and buy organic (certified) at a health food store. It's dirt cheap and continue what you're doing………..

  • jesse

    Has this study been duplicated, has it gone under peer review, was there a placebo group, double blind, and how large? Is it too much to ask for proper scientific process before you claim something incredible?

    • Eitan

      Jesse – I don't know about this specific study but you may find real academic research papers on curcumin and cancer at –

      • The Ghost

        Jesse –

        Why don't you research this? Others have and the studies are readily available online. I'm surprised you don't know that — oh, but you do, don't you. You came by to case aspersions on credible studies and keep people from using these readily available alternatives. Shame, Jesse, shame.

  • Jimmy

    Curcumin gooood to radically reduce inflamation & pain in knees from arthritis.

    • beahealthy

      are we talking about tumeric in capsule form?

  • Richard

    Who ever heard of an enzyme in the mouth being "responsible for promoting cancer spread and growth?"

    Does this refer to the all-natural salivary amylase that we are all endowed with? I would imagine that a lack of amylase, not an abundance of it, would see more of a correlation with cancer spread. Can you supply a link to a study referencing this supposed causality?

    • joeseph

      No one is blaming amylase. Saliva is full of MANY enzymes, peptides, and proteins including hormones. Some of these autocrine or paracrine hormones may up- or downregulate cell proliferation. The mucosa such as the mouth are rapidly replaced of neccesity and constantly exposed to the environment therefore more *likely* to become cancerous anyway.

      • joeseph

        Contact inhibition of normal cells is one of the mechanisms which keeps them where they belong. Cancerous cells invade normal tissue with the aid of enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases. Curcumin has been found to inhibit the activity of several matrix metalloproteinases in cell culture studies. To fuel their rapid growth, invasive tumors must also develop new blood vessels by a process known as angiogenesis. Curcumin has been found to inhibit angiogenesis in cultured vascular endothelial cells and in an animal model. Since the digestive tract can be exposed to curcumin unlike other body compartments, it may benefit the most from turmeric.

  • David Emerson

    Curcumin's anti-cancer properties are widespread and include breast, prostate, myeloma, colorectal, pancreatic, head and neck and others. Curcumin has been shown to have anti cancer properties in addition to increasing the efficacy of chemo while reducing it's toxicity. I have been supplementing with curcumin daily (800 mgs) for about 5 years now and I have stayed in remission from multiple myeloma-

    To read studies, click the link below-

    David Emerson

    • toni

      hi did you have tumeric when you had cancer i've got my mum having tumeric tablets as she has lung cancer she'ss just had her last chemo

  • wellness coach

    Turmeric really is incredible. We slip it into almost all of our daughter's dishes, and she loves it so much! Combining it with black pepper helps absorption of curcumin, I believe.