Curcumin, a natural extract from the spice turmeric, has been used for many centuries in India and Asia. It is a major ingredient in curry powder, and has a bright, distinctive yellowish color. Curcumin has long been known for its health benefits. Research and medical papers show it has been used to treat disorders such as digestive problems, urinary complaints, skin conditions and wounds. Some researchers claim it can even assist in treating Alzheimer’s, diabetes, allergies, and arthritis.
Does it fight cancer?
Curcumin is a known antioxidant that counteracts free radicals in the body. Free radicals are responsible for many physical ailments including inflammation, swelling, and promoting cancer growth. Studies of curcumin show that it can assist in treating and even preventing cancer in several ways. It can assist in blocking the cancer causing effects of certain chemicals in the body. It may assist in blocking the growth of cancer cells. And, it may stop the formation of blood vessels to tumors, which can prevent tumors from growing.
It is believed that curcumin can even cause cancer cells to self-destruct.
Should it be used as a supplement?
Please note that while benefits of Curcumin have been shown, research is still ongoing. Please note, too, that adverse health effects have been associated with taking in too much Curcumin, so it is advisable to do research and consult a physician before making any changes to your diet.
This topic is for informational purposes only; no recommendations or suggestions are being made.
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