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Turmeric and Curcumin

Turmeric is a plant from ginger family. Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color.
In ancient medicine turmeric is knows as a yellow powder made from turmeric plant which grows in India and Indonesia. Main active (useful) components of the turmeric are so called “curcuminoids” – the most important of which is curcumin (sold in supermarkets as “curcuma”). Curcumin is a very strong antioxidant and has powerful anti-inflammatory effects.

Traditionally turmeric is used in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional Hindu medicine. Many modern nutritionists consider turmeric as the most effective nutritional supplement in existence. Several quality studies demonstrated turmeric’s benefits for human body and brain.

Turmeric health benefits

Turmeric health benefits

Some experts consider curcumin as a beneficial herb in cancer treatment because it can affect cancer growth, development and spread at the molecular level.

Turmeric and Curcumin

Turmeric and Curcumin

Absolutely important and very promising study was published in the journal “Anticancer Research” – it reveals that one of the world’s most extensively researched and promising natural compounds for cancer treatment CURCUMIN has the ability to selectively target cancer stem cells, which are at the root of cancer malignancy, while having limited or no toxicity on normal stem cells, which are essential for tissue regeneration and longevity.

Deep review of several publications (based on laboratory and epidemiological studies) discovered exceptional benefits of curcumin which include the following:

  • Destroying multi-drug resistant cancer;
  • Safely killing cancer stem cells in a way that chemotherapy and radiation cannot;
  • Protecting against radiation-induced damage;
  • Reducing unhealthy levels of inflammation;
  • Protecting against heavy metal toxicity;
  • Preventing and reversing Alzheimer’s disease associated pathologies.

“Curcumin could be a very promising adjunct to traditional cancer treatments”.
Yanyan Li, Tao Zhang

Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream and it is recommended to use it with black pepper (it helps better consumption). This spice is also fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with a fatty meal.


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