How does Turmeric prevent Cancer ?

Can Turmeric Prevent Cancer ? Turmeric is a spice that is often used as a food flavouring in Asian dishes. It belongs to the ginger family. It is also known as Indian saffron, jiang huang, haridra, haldi, as the major ingredient of curry powder 2, and as a bright yellow orange food colouring agent (E100). Turmeric grows in many Asian countries such as India. It has been used for many years in some herbal remedies. The main active ingredient is curcumin or diferuloyl methane. Currently there is no research evidence to show that turmeric or curcumin can prevent or treat cancer but early trials have shown some promising results. A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells. The anti-cancer action of curcumin (turmeric): * Importantly, the spice can stop the action of the enzyme COX-2,known to increase chronic inflammation in the body. Such inflammation is a known precursor to cancer. * It has also been shown to inhibit vascular epithelial growth factors. Every tumour needs a blood supply – the growth factors build one, but curcumin seems to stop them. * It has been shown to ´re-awaken´ a key tumour suppressor gene. * It has been shown to inhibit metastases. * It has been shown to kill cancer cells (B lymphoma cells). * It prevents regrowth of cancer stem cells which lie at the heart of many tumours. * It has...