Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a well-known spice plant from the ginger family, but science has only recently discovered how this ancient culinary addition to one of the strongest natural anti-cancer drugs. Its medicinal properties have been in the last few decades, become the subject of more than 6000 peer-reviewed and published clinical studies.
With a beautiful yellow color and aromatic properties of turmeric hides, a determined killer of cancer cells in the form of curcumin whose active ingredient is an enzyme curcuminoid stimulates cell apoptosis in diseased tissue. Curcumin is known in medicine as an anticancer polyphenol, which effectively induces suicide intractable cancer cells and prevents the formation of new diseased cells, and all this without any negative effects on healthy cells.
According to a recently published study, curcumin is highly effective for killing cancer cells of the brain, but also suppresses the expansion of the many other types of cancer cells, and is effective in blocking the formation of tumors, to reproduce them, can affect the prevention of metastatic growth, even if it is implemented in the extremely low doses. In addition, to apoptosis turmeric enhances the activity of tumor suppressor gene p53.
Curcumin also acts to reduce the number of the blood vessels through which the tumor develops and grows (anti-angiogenic effect). Recent research believes that the cancer stem cells responsible for the initiation and maintenance of cancer, and themselves curcumin has proven to be a highly effective blocker of cancer stem cells. This natural compound acts even on cancer cells that have developed resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs, causing their death and reducing their resistance to the action of the same.
In addition, to anti-cancer effects of turmeric is effective and indigestion, liver disease, atherosclerosis, osteoarthritis, menstrual cramps, and bacterial infections, and all because of a very powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Until now, the clinically proven efficacy of turmeric in antioxidant, breast, liver and colon. Turmeric stimulates the flow of bile and degradation of gallstones, regulates the operation of the gallbladder, blocking the enzyme ornithine decarboxylase (ornithine decarboxylase) which increased activity leads to increased levels of polyamines, one of the factors of tumor growth. Whole cell proper development depends on the polyamines, which have a strong stabilizing effect on the DNA cell.
Curcuminoid has potent anti-inflammatory action through which and helps prevent a large number of diseases mediated by inflammatory processes. Curcumin activates the enzyme which increases the absorption of glucose and acts on the genes that influence the production of glucose by the liver. Studies have found that curcumin has a better effect on type 2 diabetes than the drug metamorphic.
Given that stimulates the immune cells – macrophages to break down the abnormal accumulation of amyloid-beta protein in Alzheimer’s disease, protecting against its development and can help reverse the process after the illness began. Curcumin is one of the few compounds that can pass the blood-brain barrier which directly protect brain tissue from oxidative damage, eliminates accumulated toxins, protects the brain from damage caused after the stroke, improves memory and concentration.
The latest research comes from medical studies, which have shown that curcumin has antidepressant properties that are much better than generic drugs.