Research shows that Turmeric and Curcumin have natural anti-cancer, radio-protective, and chemo-protective properties. While treating cancer, these may be helpful to a great extent throughout the different stages. Turmeric’s anti-oxidant properties also help in the prevention of oxidative damage by free radicals, reducing the chances of developing certain cancers.
Curcumin in Turmeric acts on multiple molecular targets to kill and destroy cancer cells. Curcumin free turmeric also has some potential anti-carcinogenic properties.
Curcumin has also been identified as a potential chemo-preventive agent in cancers of breast and colon. Researchers suggest that the principal mechanism behind this chemo-preventive action of turmeric could be the inhibition of nuclear factor-kappa B by curcumin.
Metastasis is the spread of cancer throughout the body’s cells via the blood and lymph. Curcumin is found to prevent this process ‘metastasis‘ by hindering the growth of cancer cells and preventing them from travelling to other tissues.
When taken orally as a supplement or withing diet, curcumin in turmeric can help restrict the growth and reverse the development of pre cancerous lesions in oral cancers especially, as suggested by research conducted on human subjects. Turmeric oil intake is believed to prevent cervical cancer progression.
Curcumin exerts anti-tumor activity by acting on various proteins, hormones and pathways that support tumor growth and thereby prevents tumors from progressing.
Unlike conventional cancer-fighting agents and pharmaceuticals that are toxic to cancer cells and in the process, destroy normal cells; curcumin selectively kills cancerous cells only and protects the normal, healthy cells from toxicity. This makes turmeric a valuable ingredient in treating cancer.