Curcumin: an Effective Cancer Therapy?

Hi Tracy –

 Thanks for the article about curcumin. I’ve read somewhere too, I think, that it is useful for cancer therapy. Is that true? Can you tell me some more about that?

Signed,

Curcumin Curious

Yes, you are right! Literally dozens of studies have explored and proven curcumin’s cancer-fighting power. As I shared in last month’s feature, curumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb.  In low doses, curcumin also functions as an anti-oxidant. But in high doses, curcumin exerts a strong pro-oxidant effect, creating free radicals that can kill cancer cells. As you may already know, cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygen-rich environment, and curcumin can flood them with oxygen. Curcumin also down-regulates a powerful inflammation regulator in the body called NF-kappa B.  This effect also makes conventional treatment like chemo and radiation more effective, and curcumin helps to protect normal cells from radiation. You can easily find fascinating, free webinars on this topic. If you want to know more, let me know, and I’ll also send you an in-depth report of the research I’ve compiled on this topic. Dr. Aggarwal, a cancer professor at the University of Texas’ Anderson Cancer Center, recommends cancer patients take up to 2 grams of curcumin 3-4x/day. In the absence of an allergy to the herb, no toxicity has been found in curcumin in doses well over 10 grams/day.

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