Williams Cancer Institute

Curcumin’s anti-cancerous activity

For over 5,000 years plants have been used as medicine and therapies and nowadays a fair amount of modern medicine is directly or indirectly derived for plants. There are many plant-derived compounds that can induce apoptosis in cells; these compounds are non-toxic for our body and are capable of boosting apoptotic pathways.
Curcumin found in turmeric has been found to have many properties including anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-carcinogenic. The influence of Curcumin in treating cancer relies on its effect on cell proliferation, cell survival, caspase activation, death receptors, mitochondrial, protein kinase and tumor suppression pathways; so through this interactions, its able to suppress tumor cells initiation, progression and metastasis.
One of its best qualities is that curcumin is toxic for cancer yet cytoprotective for normal cells, making it universal for all kind of cancer cells, proving positive effects on breast, lung, prostate, pancreatic, oral, colorectal, multiple myeloma and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
Also, it’s been shown that people from southwest Asia who regularly consume turmeric in their diet, have the lowest incidence of any type of cancer.
Despite its actual mechanism against cancer is still unknown so far it has demonstrated to be a good, natural and safe adjuvant in cancer treatment.

Reference: Pandey, A. a. (2020). Reductive metabolites of curcumin and their therapeutic effects. Heliyon, 6(11).

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