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Posted: 24 Oct 2013 12:44 AM PDTTurmeric has an extensive fan base among those who enjoy traditional Indian food, but also a growing number among cancer patients. The spice has been used for hundreds of years in south Asia for its powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.
Because of these qualities, they provide a more multifaceted approach to treating illness. Modern researchers are digging through its extensive pantry to see if turmeric can be used to help defend people against an enemy that is now responsible for over one sixth of all deaths worldwide.
Rummaging through a thousand year old medicine cabinet for new tricks
The interest in turmeric's anti-cancer potential has sparked an increasing flood of research over the past few years, looking into its effects in defending the body against infection, cancer, dementia, acne, and a long list of 560 other diseases. Its greatest impact occurs where it can be directly applied, as to the skin or digestive tract.
Eating to starve cancer
Earlier research indicates that when turmeric is used, the efficacy of chemotherapy in destroying cancer cells increases dramatically. Most studies concerning cancers have been done using rats, for ethical reasons, but in one year, over 60 clinical trials about the effects of turmeric on as many medical conditions were active. Even without chemo treatment, turmeric is shown to deny tumor tissue access to the vascular system by stunting epithelial tissue growth. Tumors are starved without a blood, oxygen, and nutrient supply.
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