Sunday, October 14, 2012

New Study: Turmeric Prevents Different Kinds of Cancers, Knee pain, and Inflammation.

Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine to help stabilize blood sugar, reduce cholesterol, help in arthritis, and beneficial to other diseases.  Research is now proving its effectiveness as a preventative in the development of cancer. There have been over 700 research studies on Turmeric. Its main active ingredient is Curcumin.

Turmeric has been proved effective in animal lab experiments to prevent and treat colon cancer, mammary cancer, prostate cancer, liver cancer in rats, esophageal cancer and oral cancer. You will find this information in Dukes, Phytochemicals: Mechanisms of Action book.  James A. Duke, Phd. has published many books on herbs. He is well known and respected. He is an ethnobotanist and researcher. Many studies he has brought to light in his books shows that Turmeric out performs many of the prescription drugs used in chronic diseases. 

An new published research study by Ludwiz-Maximilians-Universitat in Munich, Germany shows how Turmeric inhibits the formation of metastases ( cancer that spreads throughout the body and tissues).

Bachmeier's Research  showed how curcumin reduced the formation lung metastases in animals with breast cancer.

Both prostate and breast cancer have at least one point in common.  In both cancers, latent or chronic inflammatory reactions are a large part of their growth.  Tumor cells in both kinds of cancer produce pre-inflammatory immunomodulators. This mean that inflammation is part of the puzzle in cancer development.

Curcumin decreases these pro-inflammatory immunomodulators and the metastasis. This applied to prostate cancer, breast cancer, and lung cancer. These researchers feel that Curcumin should be included in cancer prevention protocols It should also be used to prevent cancers from metastasizing.

Turmeric is amazing with knee pain, arthritis, and other inflammatory health problems: 

These researches state that a daily intake of 8 grams of curcumin is safe and its anti-inflammatory properties has been proved over the years in Ayurvedic medicine. My husband and I take Turmeric with Bromelain daily. The combination of both Turmeric and Bromelain helps your body to absorb the Turmeric more effectively. We buy it on Amazon. It is an extremely effective formulation. It is amazing for knee pain. I have bad knees from a car accident and my husband from 30 years as a mail carrier. How do we know it is working on the knee pain? When we have been out it several times, the knee pain began to come back after two or three days. It it one of the important herbs in our daily regimen. It also helps reduce the pain he has developed in his hands since going to work as a checker. The constant act of scanning products caused the pain in his hands to go up to 7. It is now down to one and he is doing the job 38 hours a week with some 8 hour days. He did not have pain in his hands before he took the job.

The article and study is here at this link on

Alzheimer's: Another article on shows how Turmeric helps to prevent  Alzheimers . Turmeric "blocks the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer's disease."

Arthritis:  " Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including six different COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme). By itself, writes Duke, curcumin - the component in turmeric most often cited for its healthful effects - is a multifaceted anti-inflammatory agent, and studies of the efficacy of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms."

Weight Loss :
"Dietary curcumin can stall the spread of fat-tissue by inhibiting new blood vessel growth, called angiogenesis, which is necessary to build fat tissue. Curcumin-treated groups have been found to have less blood vessel growth in fat tissue. Blood glucose, triglyceride, fatty acid, cholesterol and liver fat levels also were lower."

This is the Turmeric brand my husband and I have used for several years. You can find this at health food stores as well. I find it cheaper online even with shipping.  No matter where you buy it, I feel this is the most effective brand on the market. Brands with Turmeric only are not as well absorbed.  Again, there is a huge difference in the effectiveness of brands. There are a lot of junk herbs out there...not worth the money spent on them.

Quotes in this Article should be credited to the researcher below and the website,

Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy  Please get familiar with the website
It is a great site to visit weekly to get the new research on herbs and herbal medicine.

Have a great Sunday evening. God Bless you all. Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin
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