In 2014, researchers grew breast cancer tumors in a group of lab mice. Then they exposed the tumors to a powerful anti-inflammatory. Growth slowed. Cancer cells began to die off. The tumors shrank.
The compound the researchers used has no side serious effects – even in large doses. It’s proven safe in thousands of animal and human studies. It’s cheap, easy to find, and 100% natural.
So what is this miraculous cancer killer?
It’s curcumin. That name may not sound familiar. But this one probably will: turmeric. Curcumin gives turmeric its yellow color. It does a lot more, too.
For centuries, Ayurvedic healers in India used turmeric for inflammatory diseases. New studies show it may also be one of the most effective anti-cancer agents ever discovered.
Power Against Dozens of Cancers
Curcumin has been tested against all sorts of cancers – in the lab, in animals, and even in humans. As an anti-inflammatory, curcumin affects cancer development in several different ways.
Curcumin interferes with pro-cancer enzymes. It blocks inflammatory molecules. It inhibits growth factors. And it triggers apoptosis – or “programmed cell death” – in cancer cells
Here are just some cancers curcumin fights:
- Blood cancers, cancers of the digestive and urinary tracts, genital cancers, breast and ovarian cancers, neurological cancer, skin cancers, lung cancer, and cancers of connective tissue.
- Lymphatic (thymus), brain and bone cancers.
- Prostate and pancreatic cancers, colon cancer, and cancers of the head and neck.
Some studies show curcumin alone is effective. Others show it boosts the effectiveness of other natural cancer fighters. It can even make drugs more effective.
And it doesn’t just fight existing cancers.
Powerful Cancer Prevention… and More
Researchers say curcumin can prevent cancer, too.
- As an antioxidant, it sops up free radicals that can damage DNA and lead to replication of defective cells.
- It reduces pro-cancer inflammation.
- It triggers defective cells to “self-destruct.”
Curcumin is the multi-tool of cancer fighters. It has properties of all three types of chemo drug. It blocks cancer-promoting compounds… neutralizes free radicals… and fights the multiplication of “rogue” cells.
Plus, curcumin also appears to keep cancerous stem cells from developing into full-blown cancers.
Curcumin has just one drawback…
Amplifying Curcumin’s Cancer Fighting Power
Curcumin isn’t highly bioavailable. That is, your body doesn’t absorb it well.
If your culture eats a lot of turmeric, you’ll get more than the average American. But you’d have to eat an awful lot of curry to raise the level of curcumin in your blood.
But there’s good news.
Scientists have been working on ways to make curcumin more bioavailable. According to The AAPS Journal, labs are working with many different forms of curcumin. And some show promise…
- Nanoparticles – Extremely tiny particles to slip through barriers.
- Liposomes – Two-layer “bubbles” that act as a delivery system.
- Piperine – An extract from black pepper that enhances absorption.
One study found taking curcumin with piperine boosted absorption by an incredible 2,000%. Plus, the levels of curcumin in people’s blood shot up faster and stayed higher longer with piperine.
Turmeric is available in supplement form, but don’t waste time and money taking plain turmeric. Turmeric with piperine is safe, natural, affordable… and a whole lot more effective.
About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
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