Can You Use Turmeric to Fight Cancer?

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Continuing down the list of the world’s greatest superfoods that can revolutionize your health and vitality brings us to a simple spice that may have no peer.


Turmeric is one of the most studied natural compounds for its ability to heal various diseases and improve health and vitality, mainly for its constituent ingredient, curcumin.

There are so many issues, ailments and diseases that turmeric/curcumin has shown an ability to combat or even outright heal that I will not cover them in one article.  Instead, I will focus on just one right now.

This article will discuss how turmeric has been shown to fight, prevent, or even defeat cancer.

The Turmeric/Curcumin Cancer Studies

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence out there supporting the benefits and potential of curcumin to prevent or defeat cancer, but this is one of the rare situations where we actually have a number of scientific studies to show us that potential instead.

Let’s begin.

1. A 2011 study out of the University of Texas’s MD Anderson Cancer Center made an amazing discovery about curcumin. First of all, let’s establish something very important when analyzing a compound’s ability to kill cancer cells.  That compound must also leave healthy cells alone if it is to be effective in fighting cancer cells.

The researchers found that curcumin effects cancer cells differently from healthy cells, inducing apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells while having no such effect on healthy cells.  Its beneficial compounds are then free to enhance healthy cells instead.

2. A 2012 study out of Zhejiang Provincial People’s Hospital, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, found some amazing potential of curcumin to treat triple-negative breast cancer cells, notoriously resistant to cancer treatments.

In this study, researchers found curcumin to induce a level of apoptosis (26.34%) that was far, far greater than that of the control group (2.76%).  It’s far short of 100%, but shows outstanding potential to be part of a treatment program, administered properly.

3. Lastly, a study published in the journal Frontiers in Oncology by a team of researchers in Doha, Qatar, found curcumin to have an ability to suppress an oncoprotein called Skp2 and induce cytotoxic effects in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) positive and negative squamous carcinoma cells.

But how do we use it for treatment?

Remember, I am not a physician and this information is for informational purposes only (see the disclaimer at the bottom of the page).  If you want to use curcumin or turmeric for specific treatment purposes, speak to your doctor.  Some ways may be beneficial and some may miss the mark completely, so make sure to speak to an expert who knows how to use it and if it is beneficial for your particular condition.

Stay tuned for more information on turmeric and curcumin and the studies have been done on them.

Here’s to your health!





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