Turmeric And Cancer- A Promising Connection!

The ever-increasing number of cancer patients across the globe has become a huge concern for governments and health care organizations.  Let us look at some global data on cancer just to put things into perspective:

According to Cancer Research UK, a nonprofit organization, in 2012 alone, there have been more than 8 million deaths in the world due to cancer. That is more than the number of deaths caused by war in the last decade.

And what is more alarming is that there have been 14 million new cases of cancer registered worldwide. Although, it is hard to say which type of cancer is more fatal, lung cancer has turned out to become the most common followed by breast cancer. Almost one out of every 10 male in the world has been diagnosed with lung cancer, the leading causes of this being smoking, tobacco usage and even pollution.

No cure in sight

Despite spending billions on research and drug development, the world has nothing concrete to show for it. It hasn’t been even able to list out the actual reasons for cancer. At any given point of time, there is a new claim from a drug company or few individuals about the invention of a miracle cancer drug, but sooner or later, the hopes are dashed again. While the world waits for a reliable cure, wouldn’t it be wise to look at some remedies that nature herself has provided us. Turmeric, a spice that has been in use since medieval times, is known for its medicinal properties, and more importantly, as a cure for cancer!

Turmeric and Ayurveda

Ayurveda, the ancient natural science that has its roots in India, has acquired huge significance in today’s world where other treatment options available causes numerous side effects to the patients. One of the most prominent ingredients in Ayurvedic medicines is Turmeric, which is grown in abundance in India. Turmeric owes its medicinal properties to Curcumin, which possess antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. However, the unique property of Curcumin which gives it a real shot against cancer is its antioxidant properties.

Turmeric anticancer properties have been in the out for quite some time now. Although there are no comprehensive data on the claim that turmeric cures cancer, the results of various studies have been encouraging. Studies have shown that curcumin can actually destroy the free radicals in the blood stream which are known to create cancer cells. The antioxidant properties may thus result in turmeric cancer cure.

The studies have been more encouraging in the treatment of turmeric prostate cancer, wherein the antioxidants were able to specifically destroy the prostate cancer cells. One of the best ways to reap the rich benefits of turmeric for cancer cure is to ensure a diet rich in turmeric on a daily basis. Make sure the turmeric you buy is completely natural and is sourced from trusted sources. Indian turmeric is known for its high curcumin content and hence is highly recommended. A healthy dose of turmeric everyday combined with a healthy life style can keep cancer at bay.

A recent study by the Researchers in India have proven that Turmeric can obstruct cancer cell divisions, which is really a happy news to the Globe


– Written by Jaga Salai, a food technologist, working as Production Manager in Alobha Exim

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