Curcumin or Turmeric has the potential in lowering various types of cancers, mainly Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer, found a research study. Cancer has reportedly increased in past few decades, and the statistics disclose that Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer has increased by 30 percent among women in the last decade.
Turmeric is packed with 20 molecules with antibiotic, 12 molecules with anti-tumour and 14 molecules with anti-cancer effects that have shown to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing.
The study conducted by BL Kapoor Memorial Hospital, New Delhi stated, “At least 12 molecules in Curcumin have anti-cancer potential, in which 10 of them have anti-oxidant properties. All in all, turmeric is known for its antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-cancer and anti-oxidant properties.”
Curcuminoids in Turmeric are the effective components used for treating cancer and it acts as cancer protective agent, in preventing neck, breast, lung, gastro-intestinal, melanoma, ovarian cancer, neurological cancers, sarcoma, leukemias and lymphoma.
“Curcumin suppresses all three stages of carcinogenesis: initiation, promotion and progression. It also has a role in neutralising substances and conditions which lead to cancer,” said Tapaswini Sharma, Senior Consultant at BL Kapoor Memorial Hospital.
Turmeric can slow down and hamper the growth of Cancer cells caused due to enzyme Topoisomerases. The use of Turmeric in therapeutic doses targets several cancer pathways by the rapid increase of the pace of the cancer cells death.
“Studies in advanced breast cancer have also shown that curcumin increases the effect of chemotherapy and prevents the spread of cancer cells to the lungs,” Sharma observed.
When curcumin is added to the chemotherapeutic drug, it has the potential to enhance the efficacy of the drug by increasing the pace of death of these cancer cells. Turmeric can also prevent the brain tumours by sensitizing the tumour cells to the cancer drugs.
The study has concluded that Turmeric increased the consequences of radiotherapy by slowing down the tumour regrowth per se, and also by inhibiting the new vessel formation.
Curcumin is a powerful anti-oxidant that has the potential to kill the harmful free radicals induced by radiation exposure of the cells, by also lowering radiotherapy side effects.