Updated: Oct 26, 2018
Turmeric is a root that is ground up and mostly found in Indian cuisine. It gives the food that pretty golden glow. It’s also the key ingredient in golden lattes or golden milk. You may have seen your friends drinking these and wondered what is all that yellow stuff. That yellow stuff is a superfood that has properties that will protect you against the powerhouse diseases- heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.
TURMERIC AND ESPECIALLY ITS MOST ACTIVE COMPOUND CURCUMIN HAVE MANY SCIENTIFICALLY-PROVEN HEALTH BENEFITS, SUCH AS THE POTENTIAL TO PREVENT HEART DISEASE, ALZHEIMER'S AND CANCER. IT'S A POTENT ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND ANTIOXIDANT AND MAY ALSO HELP IMPROVE SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION AND ARTHRITIS
Turmeric is so powerful because it is an antioxidant. Antioxidants work with your body to remove oxidative properties from everyday activities and free radicals from the environment. I like to focus on how turmeric can help to prevent cancer and now even treat it. There are numerous studies currently taking place that are testing out turmeric as a possible aid and solution to killing cancer cells. I want to highlight information about a study done through the University of Texas at MD Anderson that explains what turmeric can actually do in cases of cancer:
Lab results have found curcumin capable of… Inhibiting COX-2, an enzyme that causes negative inflammation, which can lead to cancer. Impeding vascular epithelial growth (a polypeptide that stimulates new blood supply) to starve cancer cells of their oxygen and fuel source. Inducing a tumor suppressor gene. Stopping metastasis (spread from one organ to another) of cancer cells. Killing large cell B-cell lymphoma cells (the most common reason for non-Hodgkin lymphoma). Preventing regrowth of cancer stem cells. Based on a 2011 study conducted by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, researchers found that the curcumin extract effectively differentiates between cancer cells and normal cells while activating cancer cell death (apoptosis). Investigators concluded, “Curcumin exerts its biological influence through epigenetic modulation, a process that continues downstream staying one step ahead of adverse genetic influences.” One study was conducted to investigate how much curcumin colorectal patients could safely take. In the trial, participants took 3.6 grams, considered to be a high dose of curcumin. Results revealed that high doses of curcumin didn’t cause ill effects among colorectal patients. Curcumin is not well absorbed in the blood but it is absorbed well into the colon lining, giving it an advantage against cancerous tissues in the colon. It can help prevent prostate cancer because of its ability to interfere with the spread of cancer cells and inflammatory responses that are considered to be the precursors of cancer development. Curcumin also fights prostate cancer by reducing the expression of sex hormone receptors in the prostate gland. It has shown incredible promise in the prevention of cervical cancer, the leading cause of cancer death among women in developing nations. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory property blocks the factors that induce human papilloma virus and activates cancer cell death within the uterine lining.
How could you get turmeric into your system if you don’t like Indian food, or even the taste of turmeric? I recommend a turmeric supplement that you can take daily and still get the benefits. It’s important for us to provide our body’s with as many nutrient dense foods that we can and turmeric is on my top 10 list of superfoods that we should be ingesting daily!