The American Cancer Society estimates that about 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States in 2019 alone.
Sounds like an epidemic that needs to be addressed if I’ve ever heard of one.
But what can we do while scientists continue to search for a cure?
Is part of the answer found in turmeric?
Fortunately some scientists are interested and testing it.
Researchers from Zhejiang Provincial People’s Hospital and Zhejiang hospital in China sought out to see how triple-negative breast cancer cells reacted to curcumin (the main bioactive component of turmeric) in an in vitro study. Their results were published in the journal Molecular Medicine Reports in 2012.
The researchers chose triple-negative breast cancer due to its aggressive nature and typically poor prognosis, so this is an excellent type to test the powers of curcumin.
The good news is they found curcumin to have astounding potential.
After 48 hours of treatment, it was found that the triple-negative breast cancer cells treated with curcumin showed a rate of apoptosis (programmed cell death) of 26.34% compared to the control groups’ rate of only 2.76%.
26.34% is not 100 percent by any stretch, certainly, but that is pretty astounding nonetheless, especially in a single test over just 48 hours.
It therefore begs the question, what would the results have been in a longer administration period than 48 hours? Would that rate have continued to grow or not? What would the results be in actual humans and what is the best dosage?
We just don’t know yet, but it is great to know what potential turmeric is showing as a potential preventative agent or even treatment modality.
Hopefully we’ll get more studies that answer these questions for sure.
But in the meantime, this study is an amazing start to helping us understand what preventative agents may exist in the natural world and how we can use them to help us in our pursuit of perfect health and illness prevention.
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