Health Reports for Current Health Concerns

Curcumin Cancer Benefits

Problem: There are 100 types of cancer. In 2014, 20 million Americans had been diagnosed with it. It falls right behind heart disease in the list of leading causes of death.

Solution: Research has shown that curcumin may be able to help with both cancer prevention and healing.

Curcumin comes from from the ground root of turmeric, a spice used to make curry and other Asian dishes. It’s been used medicinally for centuries, treating many ailments, including digestive and liver disorders. Studies have shown that curcumin supports good active health, eases symptoms of a long list of conditions, and minimizes the risk of developing serious ailments, such as cancer, inflammation, and heart disease.

Curcumin may as well be called “cure-cumin” because of all the health benefits it has! I have never been as impressed with the healing abilities of any substance as I am by curcumin, which has been shown to work as an:

  • Antioxidant, 5 to 8 times more powerful than vitamins C and E when it comes to combatting damaging free radicals linked to aging and many health disorders;
  • Anti-inflammatory, easing conditions such as arthritis, gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), and cystitis (bladder inflammation);
  • Anti-bacterial infection fighter;
  • Anti-beta amyloid substance, helping protect the brain from the plaque involved in Alzheimer’s.

In addition, curcumin enhances circulation, eases digestion, and improves memory. It has minimal to no side effects. The main side effect a small number of patients experience is a slight stomach ache.

Recent research has demonstrated that curcumin counteracts a number of the initial steps in the development of cancer, including the spread of cancer cells (metastasis) and mechanisms that allow tumors to grow. A recent review of more than 700 clinical trials involving curcumin and cancer found curcumin to be a safe and effective adjunct in treating cancers of the prostate, colon, breast, liver, esophagus, and mouth.

A study showed that curcumin can be an effective form of prevention against the development of tumors. The study states: “Curcumin, a natural and crystalline compound isolated from the plant Curcuma longa with low toxicity in normal cells, has been shown to protect against carcinogenesis and prevent tumor development.”

The same study describes that curcumin can help chemotherapy be more effective. The study states that curcumin, “could serve as an effective therapeutic strategy to prevent the emergence of chemo-resistant colon cancer cells…”

Curcumin has been found to have proapoptotic and antiproliferative powers. Proapoptotic means that it promotes apoptosis, which is the process of cell death; in this case, the death of malignant cancer cells. Antiproliferative means that it prevents the spread of cells, also referring to cancerous cells.

I am the medical director at Cancer Center for Hope, and have used intravenous (IV) curcumin on several patients. I have seen some encouraging results. One patient, June, suffered from a rectal tumor for 5 years. The tumor extended into her colon, making bowel movements extremely painful and uncomfortable. After six treatments of intravenous curcumin, her pain diminished and her bowel movements became more normal.

Another patient, David, had tongue cancer. After only one treatment of curcumin, his swelling decreased dramatically.

As far as I know, I am the only American doctor offering curcumin intravenously. This method is the best approach because it makes the curcumin easier to be absorbed, which makes it more effective and efficient. This method has the same benefits as taking it orally, but the curcumin bypasses the stomach, which allows it to be absorbed faster. This method also enables me to give higher doses of it at a time to patients. It’s not just appropriate for cancer; any inflammatory condition could benefit from intravenous curcumin.

Researchers from the UK recently published a study in Cancer Letters that found curcumin was more effective at killing colorectal cancer than chemotherapy alone. Most forms of chemo attack “daughter” cancer cells—those which are produced and cast off by the main mass. Curcumin, by contrast, appears to attack “mother” cells—the cancer stem cells that grow fastest, and produce more cancer cells. In other words, curcumin attacks the key cells that cause the spread of cancer.

You can buy curcumin supplements that have a concentrated, high level of pure curcumin. But anything taken orally is only absorbed at around 10% efficiency.

That’s why I give my cancer patients curcumin intravenously (IV). In this method, absorption efficiency is nearly 100%.

Before I decide to give them curcumin intravenously, I give them a test that looks for cancer cells in the bloodstream. If they have CTCs and CSCs, which are cancer tumor cells and cancer stem cells, then they are a good candidate for curcumin.

First I give a small IV dose to my patient to test for allergy. If none is present, I start a full treatment program.

The beauty of curcumin is that it is not toxic, has no side effects, and and there is no limit on how long the treatment can last. I encourage you to start taking it as a preventative measure. Hopefully you will never personally deal with cancer, but if you do, consider curcumin.

Action Plan: Start taking curcumin supplements.


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