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Turmeric and Cancer

Turmeric is undergoing research for potential benefits against a variety of cancers. In addition to cancer in general, some forms that it is being tested against, or may be useful against, include:

Breast cancer

Leukemia

Melanoma

Multiple myeloma

Pancreatic cancer

Prostate cancer

Turmeric is also considered to inhibit H. pylori, a bacteria which may provoke cancer.

In general, turmeric is undergoing study for its anti-carcinogenic properties, as well as those of being an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. In tests, turmeric extract was graded as stronger than other natural medicines such as garlic and salmon oil.



Sources are conflicting as to whether side effects of turmeric have the potential to include strengthening or weakening the effects of chemotherapy. For instance, it has been claimed that paclitaxel has increased effects and decreased side effects when turmeric is used. On the other hand, research has shown negative information in that curcumin inhibited chemotherapy-induced apoptosis, when tested with models of breast cancer.

Always consider possible side effects, interactions and contraindications. Individuals taking any medication or undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy should consider the possible risks involved with taking turmeric in these situations.

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