Cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths in the United States. In 1850, 1 of every 150 deaths was due to cancer. Today, 1 in 4 Americans will develop cancer during their lifetime. Cancer even accounts for 11% of all the deaths in children between the ages of 1 and 12. This exponential increase in cancer mortality is due to tobacco smoking, marked dietary changes, and marked environmental pollution and the increase of chemicals in our diet. Almost every food we eat contains chemicals in the form of preservatives, insecticides, pesticides and fertilizers. All these chemicals are unfamiliar to our bodies and end up triggering imbalanced immune responses and causing cancers. In a balanced state, our body makes 30-40 cancer cells daily and our immune system produces killer cells, destroying them. The chemicals we use in our diets can prevent this process from happening.
Turmeric used in Indian cooking has shown very powerful cancer protection remedies in a number of studies. Turmeric contains a yellow pigment called curcumin, which has shown anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-oxidant properties. Evidences suggest that curcumin can suppress tumor initiation, promotion and metastasis. Pharmacologically, curcumin has been found to be safe and human clinical trials indicated no dose-limiting toxicity when administered at doses up to 10g/day. All of these studies suggest that curcumin has enormous potential in the prevention and therapy of cancer. All these properties justify its traditional use in religious, cosmetic and culinary purposes. I suggest eating one teaspoon of raw powder three times a day, or buy capsules of turmeric extract standardized for curcumin: 500 mgs, two to three times a day with food. Turmeric cooked as a spice will lose a lot of its active principals.
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Disclaimer: This article is purely informative and should not replace the guidance of your physician. If you suffer from an illness, you should consult a physician before taking any herbs, vitamins, minerals or enzymes. Even at the peak of health, it is best to consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before taking any dietary supplement