In traditional Ayurveda medicine, turmeric root has been considered one of the most valuable herbs for thousands of years. The ancient Hawaiian people also used it to treat sinus infections and gastrointestinal ulcers. Turmeric was first cultivated and used as a dye and only later were the herbal benefits discovered. The western world disregarded the medicinal properties until researchers from Germany discovered the therapeutic use of turmeric root in the mid- twentieth century. In traditional Chinese medicine it was valuable for its anti-inflammatory properties. Other than the herbal use, turmeric root has been used in many cuisines to color foods and to protect foods from spoiling.
Curcumin is the powerful ingredient that gives turmeric root its antioxidant value. It helps to protect a person’s cells from free radicals (molecules that can damage cells). Curcumin contains potent levels of phytochemicals, polyphenols, and other anticarcinogens. Researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have shown that “curcumin can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Scientists have also found that this property is potent in reducing breast cancer. Curcumin activates human glutathione, which can inhibit cellular mutagens and prohibit the promotion of cancer cells.”1
According to Jonathan Treasure, “Curcumin can interact with several molecular pathways in the formation of cancer cells. With a proven safety record and low cost, curcumin may provide an option for cancer treatment.”2
1. Aggarwal Bharat, Kumar Anushree. “Anticancer Potential of Curcumin: Preclinical and Clinical Studies”. Anticancer Research. 2003 Jan-Feb;23(1A):363-398.
2. “Benefits of Turmeric Root Shown to Eliminate Cancer”, Danica Collins, Underground Health Reporter, last accessed December 13, 2013. http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/ benefits-of-turmeric-eliminate-cancer#axzz2nPG0cHkk
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