Turmeric may prevent cancer, do you use it a lot?
July 14, 2007 10:02pm CST
I read that turmeric may prevent cancer, in India we use a lot of turmeric in all our curries, do you use it a lot?
16 Jul 07
Researches affirm that the POWDERED RHIZOME of the turmeric plant is used to flavor and color Indian curries. Practitioners of Ayurveda, India's holistic medical system, prescribe turmeric for its antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and digestive benefits. Only recently has the herb been studied for the prevention of diseases like cancer and heart disease. Researchers believe the compound that gives turmeric its yellow color, known as curcumin, inhibits tumor-promoting enzymes and interferes with the growth of cancerous tumors. Because it's an antioxidant, curcumin neutralizes the free radicals that raise cancer and heart disease risk. Proponents say turmeric (Curcuma longa) may prevent colorectal, prostate, stomach, and other cancers, and could help destroy early-stage tumors. It may also protect against heart disease. Research strongly supports turmeric's antioxidant benefits. It could help prevent and treat cancer, but more human studies are needed. You'll find turmeric in capsule, tablet, and powder form. Some companies sell it as turmeric and others call it curcumin. Look for a supplement that contains about 500 mg curcumin per dose. Take one dose two or three times daily with food to prevent cancer and heart disease, says Thambi Dorai, Ph.D., an associate professor at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in New York City. Do not exceed 1,800 mg daily, Dorai cautions. Purchase turmeric supplements in natural food stores or from websites that sell supplements, including www.iherb.com and www.herbsmd.com. Culinary turmeric doesn't contain enough curcumin to protect against cancer, Dorai says. Source: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/ mi_m0NAH/is_6_33/ai_106224751
15 Jul 07
hello dbhattji, i think turmeric is much more than the familiar spice that gives curry their yellow color and imparts to them a slightly bitter or astringent smell.its an amzing healing plant that has not only been valued for its therapeutic properties in ayurveda and chinese medicines for thousands of years but also it plays significant role in the west in the prevention and treatment of a wide range of modern day problems. turmeric is an excellent natural antibiotic and one of the best detoxifying herbs by virtue of its beneficial effect on the liver. it has a long history of eradicating worms.i remember my mom giving me turmeric with water to drink whenever i complain her of worms. and as you said due to its antioxidant properies it is reported that it protects against the develpoment of cancer.infact it has been used in treating various cancers because of its immune-enhancing effect and powerful anti-bacterial properties.
• New Zealand
15 Jul 07
Hi there. There are two things I use "Tumeric" for... 1). I use it for cooking, casseroles and stews, in beef dishes as well... 2). I also use it to dye flax, when I weave, the flax comes out a nice bright yellow... Tumeric is like an alternative for curry and can be used in alot of Indian and japanese dishes as well as self created dishes and many other countries use tumeric for its cooking and healing properties...
15 Jul 07
yes i have read about the many health benefits of tumeric, and it can prevent cancer as well. here in singapore, everyone enjoys the curries cooked by the indian community, and they put lots of tumeric into their dishes as well, so we in singapore get out fair share of tumeric!