How Curcumin (from Turmeric) stops Cancer

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    This article tells how Curcumin is capable of stopping the growth of Cancer. Also that Green Tea works at it too.

    http://whatworks4prostatecancer.com/wp/?cat=3

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    Friday, May 5th, 2006
    Curcumin is derived from Turmeric - a curry spice. To get a decent amount of curcumin capsules are available containing 80% in 500mg plus 3% Piperine which is needed for increased bio-availability. Lots of information on curcumin here, with an extract below:

    Curcumin can stop cancer in its earliest stages, long before it’s detectable. It works at the level of the cell. One of the things it does is to tell damaged cells to self-destruct so they won’t keep multiplying. The process is called “apoptosis” and it’s the body’s way of destroying abnormal cells that can become cancerous. Cancer cells can circumvent the process, but curcumin can override them and send “self-destruct” signals to many different types of cancer cells. Curcumin does not induce apoptosis of healthy cells, only cancerous ones. It identifies cancer cells by their abnormal chemistry. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work in all types of cancer, but Indian researchers may have figured out why. Their findings, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, may lead to ways of making most types of cancer susceptible to curcumin’s effects.

    Before apoptosis is induced, curcumin stops cancer cells from multiplying. In cancer research, this is known as “interrupting the cell cycle.” The cell cycle can be interrupted at several different points. This is the rationale behind using various chemotherapy treatments in one person. One drug stops the cells when they are in one stage of growth; another stops them at another stage. Using a variety of drugs that stop growth at different stages increases the chances of killing all the cancer cells. Curcumin arrests the growth of cancer cells in the G2 stage.

    Other phytochemicals stop the cell cycle at other stages. Genistein, a soy phytochemical, arrests growth at G2, like curcumin. But epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) from green tea, arrests cancer cell growth at the G1 phase. Combining EGCG with curcumin increases the odds of killing more cells. Researchers at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center have suggested that EGCG and curcumin be used together for cancer prevention.

    It would seem it is necessary to take at least 3gm a day according to this report if the objective is to kill cancer. It works well in combination with green tea. Click Here for the right sort of curcumin.


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