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Curcumin, turmeric’s most bioactive compound, is an effective anti-cancer agent

Posted on 26-12-16

A new research study says that curcumin, the most active compound of turmeric is instrumental in kicking off cancer-killing mechanism in human saliva.
The study led by Dr. Marilene Wang indicated that curcumin suppresses a cell signalling pathway by reducing activities that promote the growth of cancer in patients with head and neck cancers.
According to Dr. Wang, the benefits of curcumin were seen in the obstruction of the cell signalling pathway that also correlated with a reduced expression of a number of pro-inflammatory cytokines, or signalling molecules in the saliva that drive the growth of cancer.
The study included 21 patients with head and neck cancers who gave samples of their saliva before and after chewing two curcumin tablets totalling 1,000 mg. Results of this survey indicated how consumption of the curcumin tablets reduced the cancer enhancing cytokines. An independent lab in Maryland where the samples were sent confirmed that the pro-inflammatory cytokines in the saliva that grow the cancer were reduced in the patients who had chewed the curcumin tablets. The cell signalling pathway that promotes the cancer growth was inhibited.
According to Dr. Wang, “Curcumin can be combined with other treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation to treat head and neck cancer. People at high risk for developing head and neck cancers such as smokers or those who chew tobacco, and people with the HPV virus can be given curcumin; also patients with previous cancers to fight recurrence can be given curcumin.”
The findings will soon be published in an upcoming edition of the Clinical Cancer Research journal.

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