Curcumin (Salem Health: Cancer)
Cancers treated or prevented: Supplemental treatment for chemical carcinogenesis caused by pesticides, breast cancer, metastatic melanoma, and lymphoma
Delivery routes: Oral by capsule
How this substance works: Curcumin is the active component of turmeric, a common spice found in the kitchen cabinets of Asia. Turmeric is a yellow powder obtained from the dried rhizomes of a flowering plant belonging to the ginger family. Curcumin is present in turmeric along with related yellow compounds called curcuminoids. It belongs to a chemical family of compounds known as polyphenols, which are antioxidants that destroy harmful tissue-damaging substances called free radicals.
Curcumin has been reported to possess a wide range of medicinal properties, including the ability to inhibit cancerous tumors in the breast, colon, and skin in mice, rats, guinea pigs, and hamsters. Curcumin is being investigated for the prevention of colon cancer in a phase I clinical trial at the University of Michigan sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). One study reported that it reverses the negative effects of Taxol (paclitaxel), a breast cancer drug that can cause breast cancer cells to spread. Additionally, it is being tested against multiple myeloma and advanced pancreatic cancer. Based on experimental findings, curcumin has also been postulated to enhance detoxification of carcinogens such as...
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