For the last several years, I have been very closely following the nutritional medical literature. I make it my business to, at least once a day, scan for various articles. I have noticed a very curious thing in recent weeks, that being the publication of several articles on the anti-cancer effects of curcumin.
Curcumin, the active ingredient from the herb turmeric, is actually a spice and food coloring compound that has shown increasing potential as an anti-cancer agent. It has previously been shown that curcumin protects against the development of colonic tumors in rats treated with agents that can induce colon cancer. In a study published in the May edition of the Journal of Carcinogenesis, researchers monitored responses to the addition of curcumin to two human colon cancer cell lines.
It was found that curcumin appeared to induce cellular arrest. In another study published in the May journal of Cancer Letter, researchers studied the effect of curcumin on human lung cancer cells. They had indicated that previous studies had shown that curcumin’s anti-cancer effects appear to be due to its ability to induce apoptosis, a predetermined death of cells, as well as to arrest the cell cycle. In this study, human cancer cells were again treated with curcumin. It was found that this nutrient did induce apoptosis in these human lung cancer cell lines.
In the May edition of Journal of Cell Biochemistry, human skin cancer cells were, likewise, exposed to curcumin and shown to be a potent inhibitor of cancer cell growth. In another recent study out of Rutgers University, in my home state of New Jersey, several nutrients were studied — including green tea, components of red wine, and curcumin — regarding human cancer cell lines. All of these nutrients appeared to inhibit cellular cancer growth, but by different mechanisms.
In the June edition of the journal Prostate, researchers from New York studied the effects of curcumin on human prostate cancer cells. It was found that curcumin inhibited cancer cellular growth by interfering with the growth factor receptor pathways and other mechanisms. The researchers concluded that curcumin may inhibit growth factor collaboration between prostate cancer cells and osteoblast/stromal cells, thus exhibiting a potential to prevent the establishment of bony metastasis. Osteoblast cells are bone-forming cells, while stromal cells are composed of connective tissue.
I believe that there are currently some human clinical trials underway in the United States testing the effects of curcumin as a cancer preventative agent. It appears from the laboratory data that the evidence is overwhelming. I am certainly excited by what I have been reading. Curcumin even showed some benefit experimentally in a recent study published on cystic fibrosis. Other studies indicate possible benefits for joint function, reducing inflammation and pain. It appears to be quite an amazing nutrient.
I have long been convinced that curcumin, otherwise known as turmeric, is an extremely beneficial nutrient. My family and I have been taking this for many months. As I am composing this blog post, I am actually walking into my kitchen to pick up my bottle of Turmeric.
Each capsule contains 900 mg of turmeric extract, which is standardized to 95% curcuminoids. I have stressed on many occasions in these weekly blogs the importance of taking standardized products. You may go into your local health food store or drug store or supermarket and pick up an herb or phytonutrient, but if it is not clearly standardized to high levels, you will end up getting no benefit from the nutrient. Basically, you are throwing your money away.
Turmeric supplements should also contains 5 mg of Bioperine that enhances the absorption of the curcumin up to 2,000%. Curcumin is also available in many products, although I would still, nevertheless, recommend adding supplemental turmeric to your Synergy product, based on these studies.
This is certainly a nutrient that you and your family should be taking every day.