Turmeric boasts of numerous medicinal properties. But did you know that it could be used to fight the growth of cancer cells?
Why is Turmeric so great?
Turmeric is an age-old ayurvedic ingredient besides being an essential element in Asian cuisines. It has been used for various ailments due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
It improves cognitive function and speeds wound healing. It has been used for heart conditions, diabetes, dementia, and even degenerative disease.
Turmeric is made up of curcumin (aka diferuloyl methane). Curcumin is responsible for blocking cancer growth.
Does it really work?
To study the cancer-blocking property of Curcumin, UCLA researchers conducted an experiment. 21 patients who suffered from head and neck cancers were chosen. They were each given 2 tablets that contained 1000mg of Curcumin. The results were reviewed after that. It was found that the Curcumin supplementation had halted the spread of malignant cells!
Another study by the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention showed that a specific dosage of Curcumin helped kill liver cancer cells. In 1987, a different study found that Curcumin is indeed an antimutagen against many cancer-causing substances.
How To Consume Turmeric
Even just less than one teaspoon of turmeric every day can considerably lower the DNA-mutating ability of cancer-causing substances. High quality turmeric (or Curcumin) is effective to optimise curcuminoid absorption.
Turmeric works by dissolving in fat and thus, it is advisable to consume it with a healthy fat. Without fat, the curcumin in the turmeric has a hard time making it past the stomach, into the small intestine, and into the blood where it can provide the greatest benefits. Thus, turmeric is traditionally mixed with a healthy fat and heated.
Recipe for a Turmeric-based Drink
- 1/8 tsp. turmeric
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup organic milk (or coconut milk)
- Raw, organic honey to taste
Boil water and turmeric for about 8 minutes as the turmeric has to be fully cooked.
In a separate pot, bring the milk to a boil and remove from heat.
Combine the two mixtures and add honey to taste. Add some nutmeg if you want, for taste, and extra health benefits.
Drink a cup of warm turmeric milk two or three times per day for best results.