On tumor cells in a lab dish, curcumin prevents or slows prostate and lung cancer. But dietary consumption of turmeric, researchers report,
so far shows no effect on those organs and failed to inhibit tobacco - induced tumors
(Cancers Lett 1999 Apr 1; 137 (2): 123 - 30).
Recent studies found that curcumin has a doce - dependent chemopreventive effect in rats during promotion / progression stages of colon
(Cancer Res 1999 Feb 1; 59 (3): 597 - 601).
Tufts researchers say "a mixture of curcumin and isoflavonoids is the most potent inhibitor against the growth of human breast tumor cells".
These data suggest that combinations of natural plants compounds may have preventive and therapeutic applications against the growth of breast tumors
induced by environmental estrogens (Environ Health Prspect 1998 Dec; 106 (12): 807 - 12).
Curr Pharm Des. 2002; 8 (19): 1695 - 706. Chemotherapeutic potential of curcumin for colorectal cancer. Chauhan DP. Division of Gastroenterology,
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Turmeric compares with soy, licorice, red clover and thyme in binding to progesterone and estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells
(Proc Soc Exp Biol Med 1998 Mar; 217 (3): 369 - 78).
Kentucky researchers report curcumin "inhibited proliferation of a variety of B lymphona cells"
(Clin Immunol 1999 Nov; 93 (2): 152 - 61)
Curcumin may or may not protect against cellular from damage from radiation, perhaps depending on dose. It appears to protect against damage to
certain organs brought about by some chemotheraphy agents. In hamsters it protects the kidneys from Adriamycin (Br J Pharmacol 2000 Jan;
129 (2): 231 - 4). If you are taking radiation or chemotherapy, it is very important to discuss your diet and use of any antioxidants with your oncologist.
Typical dietary amounts of tumeric have an antioxidant effect that protects rats from cataracts (Toxicol Lett 2000 Jun 5; 115 (3): 195 - 204). But in
one study rats heavily dosed developed more cataracts signs.
Curcumin protects rats from liver - damage cause by toxins (J Pharm Pharmacol 2000 Apr; 52(4): 437 - 40; Carcinogenesis 2000 Feb; 21 (2): 331 - 5).
But in one experiment, mice fed anti - cancer doses of curcimin for 14 days developed enlarged, damaged livers.
Dosing mice with curcumin for 14 days damaged their livers.
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Drink green tea with a meal spiced with tumeric for double - boosted anti - cancer protective effects: "EGCG and curcumin, were noted to inhibit growth by different
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